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Kyle Edmund would figure well in any poll for diffidence and politeness in the often noisy tennis jungle but the last British player standing at the Authentic Adidas Mark Messier Womens Jersey US Open revealed before his third-round match against Denis Shapovalov on Friday that he has found his version of a mean streak.“This trip I’ve been a little bit more animated,” he says when pressed about a couple of appeals to the chair umpire during his impressive straight-sets win over Steve Johnson on Wednesday night.“My natural thing is probably to be a bit quieter. I have the same thoughts and stuff [as more volatile players] but you just keep them to yourself. But taking the fight to the opponent mentally is going to help me moving forward.
“I’m trying to figure out ways to help me. I don’t feel like a lot of the [poor] stuff in my game is to do with my shots; I believe my ball-striking is really good, some of the best in the world. But where I’m going wrong is other areas. When I played [Grigor] Dimitrov in Washington, I got pretty upset there with a call. When I feel it’s an appropriate time to make my feelings heard, I will do it. I won’t do it unnecessarily but it’s definitely helped me.”
In Edmundspeak, that is virtually a battle cry. He has always gone about his business quietly, improving incrementally rather than with dramatic bursts of big wins, which is the polar opposite of the rise of his opponent.Shapovalov, the 18-year-old Canadian qualifier who stylishly outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the second round, is running hot this summer after coming to prominence in the leadup tournaments, and his world ranking of 69 will improve appreciably. He has the long, flowing locks and flamboyant court presence of the game’s other young excitement machine, the German Alexander Zverev and the advantage of still being in the tournament after the fourth seed lost Authentic Adidas Damon Severson Womens Jersey to Borna Coric on Wednesday.
Edmund says: “Shapovalov likes to be offensive, likes to move forward, take the ball on. He’s been playing well in terms of his run in Montreal [where he beat Rafael Nadal] and then qualifying, so he is feeling good. It’s going to be a tough match but at the same time I’m playing well so definitely no reason why I shouldn’t go out there feeling confident.”“His rise is basically from that Masters. It’s a lot of points to get semis at Masters. He beat me in the grass-court season [at Queen’s] but he didn’t have a great clay-court season. He got on the grass pretty early, playing the Challengers in Surbiton and Nottingham, and he qualified at Queen’s. So he played a bunch of matches which really helped him. Since then, that hard-court run in Montreal will have done the world of good for him. That’s where he’s got his confidence, and qualifying here.”
They have history these two. Shapovalov was disqualified in the Davis Cup match against Edmund in Ontario last year when he accidentally hit the chair umpire in the eye.“I definitely watched it back,” Edmund says, smiling. “You can see on the video that my head was down when he hit it. I thought he hit it against the boards at the side where our team was. I thought the umpire was going, ‘Oh no, what’s he done? You can’t smack a ball like that so close to people’. And then I realised it hit him.
“It’s quite funny, everyone is in shock, no one is really doing anything. It got a few YouTube hits. All of my matches have got something like 5,000 or 10,000, then you go on that and it’s 200,000 just from that incident.”No umpire was permanently injured in the construction of this anecdote.As for the serious business ahead, Edmund is in good shape, physically and mentally. His impressive win over Johnson was his ninth match in 12 days and the second win over the fiesty American in a week after his run to the semi-finals in Winston-Salem before arriving in New York.
It would seem he is handling what has been a stamina problem in previous best-of-five matches, although left-handed Shapovalov’s extravagant movement and snappy groundstrokes will present different challenges.As for filling Andy Murray’s boots after the world No2 withdrew with his worrying hip injury, Edmund says: “It’s more of a shame. It’s not, ‘Oh, well done, you’re the last Brit.’ It’s just a shame that a few of us have lost early and Andy was injured. It is what it is. But in another way it’s good that there’s some more depth in British tennis that we’re able to have other people go further – even if Evo’s not here.”Evo – Dan Evans – still awaits judgment on the length of his ban after admitting taking cocaine this summer. Meanwhile, his quiet friend soldiers on, a little louder but still quietly determined.


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