Edmund's brilliance shows through at Brisbane with Wawrinka- View: 1868 by GALE MOORMAN
In the Brisbane quarterfinals, Kyle Edmund, a sandy-haired Brit who became popular showing determination at the Great Britain Davis Cup events didn't need his backup teammates support during the first set of his duel with fourth ranked Stan Wawrinka.
Edmund put on a tennis lesson in the first set with Stan who might have took too much for granted of the 45th ranked comrade. The aces, down-the-lines and simple out powering and tricky strategy of the Brit left Wawrinka frequently off-balanced and wondering how to get his game together and to disintegrate Kyle's.
During a time even when Stan straightened out his game, Edmund dominated especially on the tiebreaker to take the lead. It was great showmanship and tennis tactics that gave the crowd what they were looking for from the Brit, and the crowd could be heard far yelling and chanting their support; but slowly Kyle started to tire and resorted to letting Stan create unforced errors in him that never existed in the first set.
It wasn't long before the match was comng to a close with the fans wanting for more time to see Kyle make a comeback to the near perfect performance shown in the beginning set; this never did happen and as he gathered his stuff from the chair, thrown his racket bag over his shoulder and through up a 'thank you' hand to the crowd he left everyone amazed that he had not only lost a set but the entire match, and he left the stadium.
It was days later that Mr. Edmund played Aussie guy, Matthew Barton, but the tiebreak had seem to be Edmund's signature stance on playing, but this time with Barton being the aggressor. Kyle did serve some balls down the tee and due to Matt's unforced errors caused a 5-all in the first set.
The ranking difference of Kyle at #45 to Barton's #198 should have unfortunately showed a more successful play on Edmund's side, but the inconsistencies and unforced errors was the thing that lead him down the path to match decline.
He did show some occasional powering forehands that stunned Barton and his 23 first service winners was the positive in Kyle's game. Barton started putting his game together with aces and opportune positive court strategies to end the match as a winner of the first round in Sydney at the Apia International with a two tiebreaking sets win 7-6, 7-6 over Edmund.
Kyle Edmund has proven time and again of his danger on the court and opponents have to beware that one match won't be just a casually good performance, but a lesson he'll be teaching them in winning. .