Eastbourne | Edmund makes winning start defeating Norrie
Britain’s Kyle Edmund (Hull) and Dan Evans (Birmingham), advanced their campaigns at the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne, on Thursday, winning through to the quarterfinals.
(It was) sort of a little management of game between my style against his style, not giving him what he wants, and I found I was a bit more solid today than him. So (I'm) pleased to win. Another match for me tomorrow. That's positive for me Kyle Edmund
British No.1 Edmund beat British No.2 Cameron Norrie (Glasgow) 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 31 minutes, to set up an all-British quarterfinal clash against British No.3 Evans, who fought back from a break down in the second set to beat Pierre Hugues-Herbert 6-3 7-5.
Edmund said he was pleased to have prevailed in a match that was halted for 50 minutes due to two medial incidents involving spectators. “It was obviously stop and start with the circumstances,” said Edmund “the conditions don’t really allow you to play lights-out tennis or good-looking tennis.
“(It was) sort of a little management of game between my style against his style, not giving him what he wants, and I found I was a bit more solid today than him. So (I’m) pleased to win. Another match for me tomorrow. That’s positive for me.”
In other second round matches, the top two seeds were eliminated in tough battles. First Taylor Fritz (USA) defeated Guido Pella (ARG) the No.1 seed 6-4 3-6 6-4 while qualifier Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) put out the second seed Lasio Djere (SRB) 7-6(5) 7-6(6).
Sam Querrey (USA) seeded 4 dominated Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-2 6-3, Fernando Verdasco squeezed past Lucy Loser J. Londero (ARG) 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(2), Hubert Hurkacz (POL) beat Steve Johnson (USA) 6-3 7-6(6) and last week’s Queen’s runner-up Gilles Simon (FRA), seeded 6 made light work of Nicolas Jarry (CHI) to go through 6-2 6-4