Kyle Edmund produced an excellent performance to defeat last week’s Washington champion, Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in their first round clash at the ATP’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, despite a light rain break which disrupted play for about an hour in the second set.
He won last week; he's obviously a very dangerous player - whether he's winning or not, he can play very good tennis, so to have a win like that, I'm very pleased with Kyle Edmund
The British No.1 took out the controversial Aussie 6-3 6-4 after 67-minutes of play and admitted after the victory, that it felt good after delivering 35 winners to his opponent’s 14.
“He’s a tricky player,” Edmund said. “I was watching for his underarm serve and he bluffed me once on that.
“You just cannot predict what he will do. I could only concentrate on my side and play my game.
“He won last week; he’s obviously a very dangerous player – whether he’s winning or not, he can play very good tennis, so to have a win like that, I’m very pleased with,” he continued.
“He’s unpredictable, but what is predictable is that he’s going to be like that. So there’s no point trying to fight it, or when it does happen, act surprised. You expect those things and when they come, you just move through them. You pass them.
“Sometimes it’s good to have a little bit of fun with it, to laugh at it, because he’s going to do it.
“Today I was able to stay focused and play well at the same time.”
Kyrgios admitted he was abit fatigued despite having two days off.
“I’m a little bit tired. Physically I actually feel like I’m OK Kyle played well, served well and didn’t really give me any rhythm into the match at all,” Kyrgios said, adding: “Tonight was challenging, I was actually really looking forward to playing but I just got beaten by a better player today.”
Edmund goes on to face the eighth seeded Daniil Medvedev, ironically the man Kyrgios beat last week for the Washington title!
Cameron Norrie, following his first round 5-7 6-2 6-3 victory over Marton Fucsovics two days ago, was dispatched by the third seed, Alexander Zverev in round two, 7-6(4) 6-4 while Dan Evans , who came through the qualifying rounds, took out the fast rising young Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4 7-6(6) for the pleasure of facing the top seed Rafa Nadal in the next round.
“It is going to be great”, said Evans about his upcoming match against the great Spaniard. “He is one of the best players to ever walk on the court and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”