Eastbourne | Edmund wins Battle of Brits
British No.1 Kyle Edmund (Hull) recovered from a slow start against Dan Evans (Birmingham), to win through an all-British battle and into the semi-finals at the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne.
He's only lost one match on the grass this year, winning two tournaments. So to come across the line with a 'W' is pleasing Kyle Edmund
Displaying the form that carried him to grass court titles at Surbiton and Nottingham this month, British No.3 Evans made a confident start to the match, breaking Edmund twice to dominate the first set. But British No.1 Edmund upped his service game and his intensity in the second set, eventually overcoming his compatriot 1-6 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 48 minutes.
Edmund said: “(I made) a poor start in terms of getting into the match, credit to Dan for putting his stamp on it. But the best thing from that is to react to it, and I did. (I) put my personality and engagement into the match, and my game.
“That type of match (when) you’re playing a Brit, there is a bit of pressure on you to win. He’s only lost one match on the grass this year, winning two tournaments. So to come across the line with a ‘W’ is pleasing.”
While frustrated with his loss, Evans said he would be heading to Wimbledon with confidence. “All credit to (Edmund), he played pretty good and was better today,” said Evans. “I have done some good preparation. Now the big one is here, so hopefully I can win some matches.”
Sam Querrey and Thomas Fabbiano will contest the second men’s semi-final, Querrey beating No.5 seed Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4) 6-2, and qualifier Thomas Fabbiano continuing his Eastbourne run with a 6-4 6-3 win over No.6 seed Gilles Simon.