The last time Kyle Edmund won a singles match was in August, the first round of the Rogers Cup. Nick Kyrgios, one of the most challenging players on the ATP tour, Edmund defeated in straight sets. The drought of victories started after that.
At the U.S. Open, Edmund went through a difficult five setter with Spain's Pablo Andujar and then at the China Open in a three set with China's Zhang Zhizhen only to be touched by defeat again. The season is no longer young and as it moves through to the end Edmund is still feeling the turbulence.
Every tournament and each player is different, but entering the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Edmund had the 2 to 1 head-to-head over Italy's Matteo Berrettini thinking this match would be different. Well, it started off good.
The first set the Brit was aggressive and it paid off getting him the 6-3 win. But things started to change as Berrettini got tough painting the lines, opening up the court and zinging winners. 'Let's Go Kyle' neon boards had lit up seeing how Edmund had lost his sizzle.
The Italian came up with the diving shots, playing gritty to level the second set 6-3. The decider Berrettini had elevated his game to take the lead in the set. But wanting it more and being effective to grab the match could be a thin line.
Edmund wasn't able to come up with the goods to hurt the Italian and lost 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. Meanwhile the captain of Britain's Davis Cup, Leon Smith has happily named his first four players to represnt GB for the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
There were times when the four players weren't doing well either. Dan Evens had went through his bout with a drug ban and has since recuperated and re-grouped. "Dan is playing some of the best tennis of his career and firmly deserves his place back inside the world's Top 50," Leon Smith says encouraged.
There were also times when Neal Skupski wasn't at the top of his game, doubles or singles. This year is special that Andy Murray is back from hip surgery and doing extremely well. He's won the European Open from Stan Wawrinka.
Murray hasn't played the Davis Cup since 2016, so this is significant to him in doing great. Edmund will have to find the recipe in winning again, whether it's changing strategies or whatever it takes to come up with the formula to produce a consistent vibrant game.
There is hopes of Edmund being still included with another player in a few weeks. But for now the sandy-haired Brit will be concentrating on tactics geared to have his long ago game return in the new 2020 season.