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Djokovic vs Edmund US Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Now 24-0 in 2020, US Open favourite Novak Djokovic takes on Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the second round on Wednesday.

Djokovic vs Edmund is live from New York on Wednesday 2 September, time TBC

Despite the quick turnaround from the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters to the US Open, top seed Novak Djokovic made short work of Damir Dzumhur to open his quest for a fourth major title in New York.

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Next up for the Serb, he takes on Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund – a former Grand Slam semifinalist with a powerful forehand, who’s beaten Djokovic before but never taken a set from him on hard courts.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Djokovic vs Edmund: Head-to-head

Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Edmund 5-1, and has won all of their hard-court meetings in straight sets, including one at the US Open in 2016 which Djokovic won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

Edmund’s solitary victory came on clay at the Madrid Masters in 2018.

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Djokovic is, quite obviously, the overwhelming favourite coming into this clash. Not only is he unbeaten in 2020, not to mention a three-time US Open champion, but Djokovic was in total control of his first-round match in New York despite the tight turnaround between the gruelling end of his Western & Southern Open campaign and the opener against Damir Dzumhur.

Against Dzumhur, Djokovic took the first set 6-1 in 24 minutes, and although things got a little more complicated in the second set – Djokovic surrendered an early break to be pegged back on serve for 2-2, then had to save three break points at 3-3 before failing to convert six break points at 3-4 – it was a fairly classic early-round match for Djokovic at a Grand Slam. The world no. 1 has perfected the art of playing well enough to get through in straight sets, conserving as much energy as possible, but not pushing himself too hard to play perfectly.

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Although he had his slight lapses in the second set, he never really got anywhere near losing it, and dominated the third set almost as completely as he had done the first for a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win in an hour and 58 minutes.

Having remained unbeaten in both 2020 and US Open first-round matches, Djokovic’s next task should be a bit more challenging, if only because Kyle Edmund has two big weapons: A kick serve, and a powerful heavy forehand.

Kyle Edmund has never taken a set from Novak Djokovic on a hard court (PA Images)

The combination of those two shots has got Edmund to a surprise Grand Slam semifinal before, at the Australian Open in 2014, and a career-high ranking of world no. 14 the same year. Injury played its part in a slide down the rankings through 2019, but the British player made a bright start to 2020, claiming his second career ATP title on indoor hard courts in New York and reaching quarterfinals in Auckland and Acapulco.

Edmund, who featured in both Battle of the Brits exhibition events organised by Jamie Murray during the shutdown, lost in three sets to Kevin Anderson at last week’s Western & Southern Open but had a decent win over Alexander Bublik in four sets in the first round at the US Open. Djokovic couldn’t be a more different opponent than Bublik, however.

Edmund has never taken a set from Djokovic on hard courts, and won only a handful of games in their previous US Open meeting, although that was a long time ago. The combination of Edmund’s serve and forehand can generally get him a set, if he plays very well, against Djokovic, but it’s very nearly impossible for Edmund to hit with enough accuracy and power for enough of a match – particularly a best-of-five sets match – to get the win. Edmund’s solitary win over Djokovic not only came on clay, but during a poor run of form for the Serb following elbow surgery. The only way to find any value on this match is to back it to be extremely short or surprisingly long, and the former seems more likely.

Djokovic vs Edmund: Prediction

Dan Evans was less than impressed with compatriot Kyle Edmund at the end of their Battle of the Brits encounter.

In one of the biggest clashes so far at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event, Evans beat Edmund 6-4, 6-4 to score a significant three points for the Union Jacks – but the real drama came after the final ball bounced twice.

Players have been tapping racquets from arms’ length instead of shaking hands at the net, to comply with social distancing. But Evans was not impressed when Edmund swiped at his racquet rather harder than Evans was expecting.

 

Evans can be seen giving Edmund a cold look and chiding him: ‘Be very careful, Kyle. Be very, very careful, mate.’

The world no. 28 returned to the Union Jacks bench to receive the congratulations of his teammates, but wasn’t done with the incident. Cameras picked him up complaining: ‘Did you see what he did to my racquet? He just teed my racquet. When I put my racquet there, he just absolutely belted my racquet.’

Teammate Heather Watson suggested Edmund was joking, saying: ‘I don’t think it was serious.’

‘Well, I think it was,’ Evans retorted.

Edmund, who lost to Evans in the final of the inaugural Battle of the Brits event, dismissed the incident later.

‘It was nothing. He said he misinterpreted it.

‘It was more like, at the end of the match, touching the racket. There was nothing there – a racket touch is not that big of a deal, to be honest.’

Edmund and Evans will be facing off on court again on Wednesday, albeit in men’s doubles this time – Evans is due to partner Jamie Murray against Edmund and Joe Salisbury, and is also playing singles against Cameron Norrie for the second time this week.

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Evans has certainly been an extremely vocal presence on the bench for the Union Jacks, captained by Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski, who trail the British Bulldogs 8-18.

Andy Murray made his first appearance on court at the event on Tuesday, but was unable to lift the fortunes of his team. The three-time Grand Slam champion has already said he’ll only be playing doubles this week as he continues his journey back to full fitness, and he partnered 21-year-old Jodie Burrage in mixed doubles on Tuesday evening. Team ‘Murrage’ made a bright start, but ended up by losing to Emma Raducanu and Joe Salisbury in a match tie-break – with Murray accidentally clocking Burrage on the shoulder on match point, to boot.

 

It wasn’t all bad news for the UK’s top players on Tuesday. World no. 14 Johanna Konta, the top British woman, bounced back from a shock defeat to Burrage on the opening day in superb style when she staged a comeback from 2-6, 0-3 down to beat Katie Boulter 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-6.