Andy Murray vs Kyle Edmund: British No1 says he fears no one
KYLE EDMUND has warned Andy Murray that he fears no one and revealed that watching England hero Harry Kane crashing home his penalties at the World Cup is inspiring him on to be number one in the world.
Liverpool fan Edmund took over the British No1 slot when Murray had his year out recovering from knee surgery.
He has watched his world ranking rise to 18, with a series of good performances and results this year.
The pair meet today in the second round of the Nature Valley Championships at Eastbourne, with Murray playing only his third game in his comeback trail.
In his first, at Queens Club last week, the former world no1 lost to Nick Kyrgios, but on Monday at Eastbourne he cruised past Stan Wawrinka to set up this all-Brit meeting.
Murray has won on both the other occasions the pair have met, both in 2016, but Edmund goes into this one in a completely different position and frame of mind.
Andy Murray training at Eastbourne
Edmund said: “I have the belief that there is no one in the world I cannot beat. I’m at a stage now where I don’t fear anyone.
“These are the best players in the world. My game is right there with them. It is better than theirs. If you want to be the best you have to be obsessed and do it your way.
“I have the best forehand in the world. Let the racket do the talking.
“The great thing about tennis is that there are so many things to accomplish. There is that determination to achieve more and more. Of course, becoming No1 in the world.”
Edmund, 23, who practises regularly with Murray, added: “I’m a huge football fan and watching Harry score those penalties with such precision at the weekend reminded me of the way I want to train.
“You know what you need to do, you practice it hundreds of times and then you back yourself when it really matters.
Jo Konta eased into the second round with a win over Serbian Aleksandra Krunic
“I’ve spent four off seasons with Andy and I remember thinking at the time, ‘this guy is number three in the world, his work ethic is incredible, if that is what number three looks like, I can’t expect to work less and get higher’. There are no shortcuts.”
Murray, however, has warned Edmund not to be satisfied with simply being the British No1, saying:
“For me the British No1 tag was never of any importance. It’s a global sport. I wanted to be the best in the world, not competing against who the best player in Britain.
For some players maybe it’s important.
“If I’m looking at Kyle, being 18 in the world is an incredible achievement and a greater achievement than being the best in the UK. He’s going to go higher than that.”
Murray’s coach Jamie Delgado insisted that despite the Scots’ caution over committing to play at Wimbledon, he does want to. “In terms of wanting to play, it’s 100 per cent,” said Delgado.
“It’s a tournament that is the biggest event of the year. The desire is huge to play there. But honestly we are just going day to day.
“We’ve got to take his body into consideration which is the most important thing. Do we want it to happen? 100 per cent. And we are trying our best to get him ready for it.”
Jo Konta yesterday eased into the second round at Eastbourne with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 win over Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and now faces world No2 Caroline Wozniacki today.
Konta said: “I tried to play the right way. I’m happy I could keep my focus and do what I came out here to do. I haven’t played Wozniacki in quite some time. She’s a Grand Slam champion this year, so she’s playing some great tennis.”