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Andy Murray vs Kyle Edmund Nature Valley International tennis live: Murray continues comeback against Davis Cup teammate Edmund

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 26 Jun 2018
  • Andy Murray vs Kyle Edmund is live from Eastbourne not before 4.00pm local time/BST on Wednesday
  • Murray has won both of their previous meetings - although they haven't played in two years
Andy Murray (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

An all-British blockbuster awaits at the Nature Valley International on Wednesday as Andy Murray continues his comeback against second seed Kyle Edmund in Eastbourne.


Former World No. 1 Andy Murray targets back-to-back wins for the first time in 12 months when he takes on current British No. 1 Kyle Edmund on Wednesday in the second round of Eastbourne. Davis Cup teammates and long-time practice partners, there will be no secrets out there as Murray attempts to build on what was an extremely encouraging and impressive opening round win over Stan Wawrinka - while Edmund will be determined to make a statement and register his first win over the two-time Wimbledon champion. Murray and Edmund take to court not before 4.00pm local time/BST on Wednesday.

Competing at the Nature Valley International for the first time since 2006 and playing a competitive tournament for just the second time since shutting down his season after Wimbledon last year, Murray delivered a scintillating performance in his box office first round showdown with Wawrinka on Monday. It was a cruel twist of fate that the returning wildcards would meet in the opening round, but despite Wawrinka being further along in the comeback trail than Murray, it was the Scot who looked like he hadn’t missed a beat, dropping just four games in a comprehensive triumph.

"Very happy to get the win. I thought the first set I played well, second set was a little bit patchy at times, a bit nervous towards the end," Murray said after the dominant 6-1 6-3 win. "Obviously when you've not played for the best part of a year, closing out the match against someone like Stan, who I've had lots of great matches with — tough, tough guy to play against — was tough. But delighted to get the win."

All things considered, Murray couldn’t have hoped for a better return to tennis in his two matches so far. His movement has looked great and his trademark baseline game was at times spectacular against Wawrinka, complete with his classic passing shots on the run and jaw-dropping lobs. Hip surgeries are genuinely career-threatening, and nobody quite knew how Murray would respond - and there’s still a chance he will struggle - but right now, all signs are positive ones.

Still not guaranteed to participate at Wimbledon next week, Murray will be at the mercy of the draw gods until he makes his way back to the top of the game. Currently ranked No. 156 in the world, Murray could face the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the first round of Wimbledon if he does decide to play - but that’s something the Scot says is just part of the game after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"I looked at someone like a [Juan Martin] del Potro, who has come back from multiple injuries and some of the draws you get are really difficult," Murray said. "You have to just try to accept it, try and deal with it as best as you can and hopefully start winning some of those matches soon. I didn’t know if that was going to come today, but I was okay with it. It’s good to get a competitive match against a top player. "


Looking to build some momentum and generate more match practice, can Murray beat the man who has claimed the British No. 1 spot in his absence?

Kyle Edmund (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Kyle Edmund has taken his game to the next level in 2018, highlighted by his run to the Australian Open semi-finals in January, reaching the final four of a Grand Slam for the first time as he showcased improved fitness to fight through multiple five-setters, while he also defeated Grigor Dimitrov along the way. Injury forced Edmund onto the sidelines and restricted him to a slow comeback on tour, but he had a solid clay season, finishing runner-up at Marrakech, making the quarter-finals in Madrid, the Round of 16 in Rome and the third round at Roland Garros to firmly establish himself inside the top 20.

However, Edmund’s grass-court game is still very much a work in progress. The 23-year-old has only won five tour-level matches on the lawns and comes into this clash on the back of a second round exit at Queen’s Club last week, beating Ryan Harrison before going down in a tight three-set match to Nick Kyrgios - who of course had beaten Murray in the opening round.

Edmund did take a set off Murray in their last clash back at Queen’s Club in 2016 - and he is prepared for a Murray operating near the peak of his powers on Wednesday.

“I think [at] Queen's he played really pretty well for his first match, for sure,” Edmund said on Monday. “He’s looking good, like, pretty normal to me.”

It’s an intriguing contest, especially for British fans. It’s the sort of match that Edmund appears ready to win given the circumstances, but grass isn’t the best surface for him. Murray also looked in great shape against Wawrinka - so much so that I’m handing him the favouritism tag for this one. If he moves as well as he did on Monday and simply plays his natural grass-court game, he is a better player than Edmund on grass. We have no real way of knowing how Murray will back up, but I’m going to back him home against his compatriot and into the Eastbourne quarter-finals.


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