Miami | Edmund progresses further
Kyle Edmund booked his place in the round of 16 with a resounding win in windy conditions over Milos Raonic and is rewarded with another big hitter in John Isner for a place in the last eight.
Today it was tricky conditions, blustery and you couldn’t predict anything. To be able to break him once in each set was huge Kyle Edmund
Seeded 19, the British No. 1 ousted his Canadian counterpart, the 12th seed, 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 33-minutes while Isner, the American No1, seeded 7 and the defending champion, battled hard to get past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5 7-6(6).
Raonic, who received a first-round bye and then a walkover, again had some physical troubles, losing serve once in each set and failing to make any impression on Edmund’s own service games.
The Yorkshire lad had 18 winners and made just 15 unforced errors, containing Raonic to just eight aces as Edmund executed his game plan right from the start.
He was patient and took his opportunity in the fifth game when Raonic netted a forehand.
Serving for the set at 5-4, the Brit landed a forehand winner to wrap up the opener. Despite some issues, the big Canadian fought well in set number two until 4-4 when Kyle broke him at love with some impressive defensive play, wrapping it all up in the tenth game.
Looking ahead to his next opponent, Edmund said: “Isner is a similar match up in that you have to try to get his serve back. It’s more just how heavy his serve is and how tough it is to read. I have nothing to lose and have to give my best. I’m feeling good.
“Today it was tricky conditions, blustery and you couldn’t predict anything. To be able to break him once in each set was huge,” he added reflecting on his latest triumph.
Isner meanwhile, just like in his previous match against Lorenzo Sonego, the American had to work hard to notch a 7-5 7-6(6) victory over Ramos-Vinolas in an hour and 53 minutes, avenging a tough three-tie break defeat to the Spaniard in Rome last year.
Isner lost 18 points in 12 service games, fending off four out of five break points and blasting 49 winners against 36 unforced errors.
The 17th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili toppled Robin Haase 7-6(3) 6-3 in an hour and 33 minutes, advancing into the last 16 at a Masters event for the second time in his career.
Roberto Bautista Agut claimed his 13th victory of the season, ousting the 15th seed Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 24 minutes.
The Spaniard held at love with a service winner to move ahead and crossed the finish line with another break in game ten after a loose forehand from Fognini.