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Wimbledon: Top British seed Edmund breezes into second round


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Kyle Edmund defeated Australian Alex Bolt 6-2 6-3 7-5 on Tuesday afternoon in the first round of Wimbledon.

For his own self-confidence, Edmund would have probably preferred that Andy Murray played in this year’s Wimbledon. Not only are the two good friends and root for each other to succeed, Murray’s presence would have lifted some of the pressure off of Edmund’s shoulders as Britain's best hope for a deep run in the tournament.

Nonetheless, Edmund will try to single-handedly carry Britain’s spirits in this year’s tournament. The first match in his campaign went off with flying colours, as he dominated the less-experienced Aussie for most of the two-hour match.

In his career at Wimbledon, Edmund has not fared well. He lost in the first round in 2014, 2015, and 2016, while his best result came in 2017 when he reached the second round. Due to his lacklustre career results at The Championships, today’s win is no small feat for him.

Edmund started his afternoon on a high note, breaking Bolt’s serve in the first game of the match. While Edmund was aggressive and on-point during the first set, Bolt’s mistakes had a lot to do with the scoreline. The 25-year-old Australian mis-hit and sprayed numerous routine shots early in the match, which ultimately led to Edmund not losing a single point on his serve in the first set.

Bolt improved his play to start the second half by starting to sprinkle some aces into his service games. Edmund’s class eventually took over in the second set though, winning it 6-3.

Bolt may not have the talent of Edmund, but his perseverance continued into the third set, where he picked up his play yet again.

Edmund was surprisingly broken in the fifth game of the set and Bolt was able to consolidate the break to go up 4-2. Bolt later led 5-4 and had a chance to serve for the set to send it into a fourth set, but Edmund rallied to tie it at 5-5 with help from the pro-Edmund crowd.

Edmund’s third set comeback knocked the wind out of Bolt’s sails. Britain’s top player won the last two games to win the set 7-5 and henceforth the match.

While the first two sets for Edmund were unburdensome, the final set should strike some fear into his psyche. If he eyes to make a deep run in this tournament, he will not be able to sustain mental lapses like the one he had today against the world’s top players.

For his second round match, Edmund will play American Bradley Klahn. If he advances further, a match-up with Novak Djokovic in the third round awaits him.


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