Great Britain’s Pursuit of Davis Cup 2016 Continues
Kyle Edmund was tipped by Andy Murray to achieve the top position in the game after his win over Serbia. 21-year old Edmund stepped into Andy’s shoes in Belgrade for a weekend and prepared superbly for the challenge and then won first over Janko Tipsarevic and later Dusan Lajovic to bring victory to his country. If Andy Murray hadn’t claimed his 3rd grand slam before a week, probably he would have been himself playing against Dusan Lajovic in the 4th and deciding Davis Cup match. On his place, Edmund had to come forward and serve as the senior man of Great Britain, quite a huge risk for a 21-year old who looks like a very young boy distributing morning paper as per Janko Tipsarevic.
Great Britain’s pursuit for a second consecutive Davis Cup title will keep on in September, courtesy of the weekend’s gallants from Kyle Edmund.
Edmund’s straight-sets win over the tough clay-courter Lajovic, who reached the final 16 of the French Open two years back, was a great tribute to his talent and spirit. The Word Cup tie before this claimed by Great Britain without Murray was way back in 1986. Obviously, for Edmund, filling Murray’s place so excellently, by winning both the singles in only his second Davis Cup tie, was one of the most exceptional achievements in tennis.
His strong forehand is Edmund’s critical quality which has so much spin that it bounces and spits off the clay like a leg-break of Shane Warne. He set it free on the first point of the match, spanking it crosscourt with actual venom and later following up with a clear winner up the line. Lajovic couldn’t match Edmund’s slammed balls which were reminiscent of the young Jim Courier.
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