Following a solid tactical performance from Andy Murray against a wasteful Liam Broady who has not performed in his two matches this time it was a test against Kyle Edmund for the former world number one.
Kyle opened his week against James Ward on Tuesday with an impressive performance and really took control behind his forehand.
After five games the former number led 3-2 on serve with some good hitting and serving from Andy who recognised it himself during the sit down and chat on the headset with the commentators.
It continued in that fashion of both looking after their own service games well as a prospect of a tie-break something we hadn’t seen in the event so far a possibility with nothing at 4-4 to separate them.
Andy extended his lead to 6-5 following another service game with not much pressure but Andy really impressing on his inside-out forehand hitting the ball much cleaner than he did against Broady on Tuesday.
The tactically brilliance of Murray to slow the points down and asked the questions worked in favour again and capitalised on errors from Kyle who slipped 1-4 down.
Kyle did get back to 2-4 but then Murray reeled off three points in a row to seal the opening set!
The opening five games of the second set followed suit between Kyle and Andy but with Kyle leading first the pressure really ramped up on to keep ahead at 3-2 was in a good position.
Two loose backhands from Andy Murray in his next service game led to the break of serve for Edmund who finally found a breakthrough!
Opportunities even against a un-tested Andy Murray don’t come around too often and a wild game from Edmund really cost him as he was pulled back on serve.
Andy levelled up in his next game Kyle was wasteful despite taking a 5-4 lead the set should have been done.
Whilst serving to stay in the set Edmund tried to ask questions of Andy Murray but his skill and change of pace was too much for Kyle.
It almost could have been over for Edmund who let Murray grind away to see a break point but that lead in the second set continued and once again would ask the question of Andy Murray.
One of Murray’s best shots of the match as he opened up the court wit the forehand, used the sliced drop shot to bring Kyle in and play the two hander passing shot cross court.
He played a great shot to get to the tie-break but then opened up the second set tie-break with a vintage backhand winner down the line.
Despite the good shot Murray did find himself in trouble following some errors and 3-5 down with Edmund serving.
The backhand down the line let Edmund down for the second consecutive point of rallies he was in control of. It was a theme during the match the struggles in extended rallies. It felt like Kyle was falling into his backhand.
The set point to did some for Edmund following a forehand error from Murray.
At 6-5, a forehand from Edmund sealed the set 7-6 and a match tie-break would follow.
Kyle’s coach Colin Beecher told him to stay in the zone but could he?
Kyle showed some incredible defence to work a stunning forehand passing shot past the former world number one to go 3-1 up early on.
Murray’s groundstrokes began to break down slightly and in a format of first to ten Murray was 1-6 down!
At 6-3, Edmund raced to a Murray for a perfect put away and a few points from the win!
8-3 became 8-5 and it was over to Edmund to serve a potential win!
The serve was too big and Edmund won 6-7 7-6 10-5 in a very close match!
- Murray won 92% of points behind his first serve in the first set
- Murray won 20 of his first 20 serves down the T
- Good change of pace in the match once again, asking questions of Edmund
- Was more of an attacking threat and hit 29% of his shots inside the baseline in the first set against Edmund compared to 9% against Broady