Edmund Will Face Mentor Murray
Kyle Edmund faces a test of character as he is set to play against his mentor Andy Murray. Edmund,23, has stepped up his game in anticipation of the match as he is keen to play against recovered-Murray, according to coach Jamie Delgado.
“In terms of Andy wanting to play, it’s 100%. Wimbledon is the biggest event of the year. The desire to play is huge,” Delgado told BBC Sport.
“We have to take his body into consideration. Do we want it to happen? Of course, 100%. We are trying our best to get him fit for it. “
It will not be easy, psychologically, for him to face his own mentor. Especially now that he has inherited Murray’s long-held mantle of British No 1.
“He grew as a person,” said Edmund’s coach, Fidde Rosengren. “I can’t tell you how much he has changed in a week.”
The pair have played each other twice previously in ATP Tour events with Murray triumphing on both occasions.
Their first meeting came at the quarter-final of Queen’s in June 2016 when Murray won 6-4 3-6 6-2 en route to winning the tournament before his Wimbledon success the same year. They met again in October later that year at the China Open when Murray triumphed 7-6 6-2 in Beijing.
Remarkably, Edmund v Murray is not the only British derby at the Nature Valley International on Wednesday. Cameron Norrie – who finished strongly here to knock out German qualifier Daniel Brands by a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 scoreline – will play Jay Clarke for a place in the quarter-finals. Norrie has often said that he struggles against big servers.