Edmund comes through 'tough, weird' Murray meeting as seeds fall

Hope Soto
July 2, 2018

Murray, 31, looked sharp and confident in winning 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Nature Valley International. You know, so I have made decent improvements the last couple of weeks and obviously have been, you know, somewhat competitive in the matches that I have played.

He will face a sterner test of his form and fitness today against Kyle Edmund - the man who has replaced him as Britain's No. 1.

Edmund's hard hitting proved a step too far for Murray, playing only his third match since his return.

"Beating Andy is a bit unusual, he's always been my idol, and then I've got to know him well over the years", Edmund said.

There could potentially be another all-British tie after Jay Clarke beat American Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-1 to earn his first ATP main draw win.

Clarke will face the victor of the first round match between Cameron Norrie and Daniel Brands.

It was also Murray's second defeat in three matches since his return from long-term hip problems that sidelined him for nearly a year, having been beaten by Australian Nick Kyrgrios on his comeback last week.

Edmund broke once more to leave him serving for the match and, although Murray broke back, it merely delayed the inevitable.

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The Scot secured his first victory in nearly a year on Monday when he impressively defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at the Nature Valley International.

Wawrinka, 33, was missing for six months before returning at the Australian Open in January, then needed another three months out before coming back in Rome last month.

"I wasn't feeling great in the 24 hours after the match against Nick".

Murray was patient and precise throughout, forcing Wawrinka into a number of wild errors, as he again defied expectations.

Strycova reclaimed one one the breaks and had chances to level the set as she trailed 3-4, but Pliskova held her nerve and shook off missing two match points in the penultimate game to serve out the win. "I was a bit nervous toward the end".

Edmund has the consistency behind serve and the explosiveness with his forehand side, but it will be interesting to see how he controls that single shot if Murray has one of those days where he plays very well in defence and makes Edmund go for that little bit extra and play closer to the lines.

"When you haven't played for the best part of a year and you face someone like Stan it is tough".

In terms of Murray's movement, this was a much better showing than his previous match in Queen's.

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