Coach Fredrik Rosengren is heavily impressed by the forehand shot of his pupil Kyle Edmund -- who is enjoying a good start to the year after appointing Rosengren at the end of last season. 188-centimeter tall Edmund has a big game as he is not afraid to go for his shots and try to dictate points.
"I have been in this business for 30 years, started in 1988. He has a damn good forehand, a damn good forehand," 47-year-old Rosengren told The Daily Mail. Edmund was a set down on Sunday before he defeated Italian Andreas Seppi in four sets in the Australian Open round-of-16 to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
The 23-year-old won the last two sets of his first-round clash to edge No. 12 seed Kevin Anderson in five sets -- before he also won the last two sets of his third-round clash against Nikoloz Basilashvili to clinch a five-set win.
Edmund -- who is set to clash next against No. 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov -- has already shown a notable mental improvement this year as many times in the past he just couldn't get the job done and deliver in crunch time. "For me, tennis is a mental game, it's all about belief at this level.
You have to manage the pressure, or certain points you have to step up and play well. I heard this was not his strength in the past," Rosengren added. "So we are talking a lot about this — to play to win, not to play to avoid losing, to have the heart.
You will not win every time but you have to go out there and get it because these guys will not give it to you for free. "You must believe you can do it in tough situations, serving out sets and matches. He has done that three times here. "These last three matches were maybe matches he should win, and this can be even tougher when everybody is saying, 'Great draw, you make the quarters,' and he knows he has a great chance.
It was all about handling the pressure." Also read: Novak Djokovic: 'I have to be more humble with my expectations this time'