Vienna | Edmund powers his way into semis
For the third time this season, Kyle Edmund reached the semi-finals of an ATP Tour event. He followed up last four appearances at Winston-Salem Open and Atlanta Open with a proficient win of over Jan-Lennart Struff to make the semis of the Vienna Open.
The world No 63 suffered a slight wobble as he served out but then completed the 75-minute victory at his second attempt, 6-4 7-5 dropping just two points on his first serve.
He now faces the wily Frenchman Lucas Pouille who successfully negotiated past countryman Richard Gasquet 7-6(5) 6-1. Pouille, the world No. 25, is aiming for his third title of the year
Edmund’s victory in his quarter-final against the German Struff was never in doubt from the moment he broke his opponent’s serve in the opening game of the match.
He broke again midway through the first set, which took just 28 minutes, losing just five points on his own serve.
The Briton’s own service game was in top form until it came to serving out for the match when Struff broke him for the first time to level set but he pushed that setback aside to serve it out at two games later.
In the other half of the draw, top seed Alexander Zverev suffered a surprising defat at the hands of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who arrived in Vienna having won the Amsterdam title last Sunday for his fourth title of the season.
The Frenchman battled through a tiebreak in the first set before breaking Germany’s Zverev three times in the second to earn a 7-6(6) 6-2 win and eliminate what looked like a very tiring title favourite.
Tsonga moves on to face another German, Philipp Kohlschreiber, who knocked off Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-5 7-6 (6) in their quarterfinal clash.
Schwartzman had a chance to serve out the first set at 5-3 but Kohlschreiber took the next four games and survived a tight tiebreak in the second set.
Tsonga owns a 10-1 lead in the series with Kohlschreiber, including a win in the second round at Vienna last year.