Former world no. 14 and the Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund had a great week in Edgbaston last week. World no. 635 reached the M25 Edgbaston Futures final, his first on any level since New York in February 2020! Kyle prevailed in the second round on an indoor court and scored two more victories en route to a place in the title clash, losing it to his young compatriot Jacob Fearnley 6-3, 6-1.
Edmund tried to raise his level and chase ATP wins with a protected ranking. However, he is 0-7 on the Tour this year, returning to Futures and seeking form and matches. Edmund underwent a minor procedure on his left knee two years ago, dealing with an injury since the closing stages of 2018.
Kyle wrapped up the 2020 season with five straight losses and skipped 2021 due to health issues. The Briton dropped out from the top-500 by last summer, returning to action and playing a couple of tournaments before embracing another break after the US Open.
Kyle Edmund played in the Futures final last week.
Edmund's last good results came in 2020, winning his second ATP title in New York and pushing Novak Djokovic to the limits at the US Open before experiencing more setbacks with injuries.
The Briton is still eager to extend his career, hoping to gain a boost at the lower-tier events and regain his form. Kyle took a break between May and October this year, making a slow return before excelling at his pace in Edgbaston.
The home player took down Hynek Barton in the first round, earning a smooth 6-1, 6-2 triumph in 66 minutes. A day later, Edmund faced the Slovak Milos Karol and prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and 42 minutes. Kyle gave his rivals no break points, stealing Milos' serve once in the opener and building an early advantage.
They served well in the second set and reached a tie break. Edmund created three set points, squandering them and losing the breaker 10-8, keeping the young gun in contention. The servers could not do much in the final set, and they introduced another tie break.
The more experienced player forged a 5-1 advantage and clinched it 7-2 to prevail and move into the last eight. Edmund met the top seed Aidan McHugh in the quarter-final and earned a 6-3, 7-6 victory. Kyle defended six out of seven break points, prevailing in the pivotal moments and entering the last four.
Edmund battled against the 3rd seed Toby Samuel and delivered a rock-solid 6-2, 7-5 victory. Kyle played against one break point, defending it and breaking a better-ranked opponent three times to reach his first final since February 2020!
Jacob Fearnley proved too strong in the title clash, beating Kyle 6-3, 6-1 in 66 minutes. Fearnley played against no break points, keeping the pressure on Edmund. Jacob produced four breaks, controlling the pace and lifting his first career title.
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