Edmund books Great Britain’s place in the semifinal
The current British number two, ranked at 68 in the world, had the responsibility of leading the British team in Belgrade, taking on the 2010 champions Serbia. This was a tall task for the 21-year-old, having played just one Davis Cup rubber in his career prior to this weekend, although it was a very valiant effort as he led David Goffin by two sets to love before eventually succumbing to the Belgian in last year’s final.
The man from Yorkshire, England, showed little signs of nerves or pressure of a nation’s hopes and expectations as he dismantled the former top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic on day one in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. The British number two backed up his first Davis Cup rubber win with another exceptional straight sets win over the world number 83 Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5). It was that victory which gave Great Britain a 3-1 unassailable lead over Serbia to book the defending champions place in the semifinals.
Murray tips the Brit to reach the upper echelons of the rankings
Edmund’s performances in Belgrade have not gone unnoticed, with the 21-year-old receiving the highest form of praise from Britain’s number one Andy Murray, who tips the world number 68 to go on to achieve great things in the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the world number two said, “He is a lot better than a lot of people thought he was going to be, myself included. There’s no reason why he can’t get right up to the top of the game. I still think there are some things he can improve but he has big weapons, bigger than a lot of the young guys that are ahead of him.
“When he gets more experience and learns how to use them better, gets a little bit physically stronger, gets used to playing in atmospheres like this more and more, he’s going to go a long way.”
These words of encouragement from a man who young Edmund no doubt looks up to will fill him with a lot of confidence and encourage him as he continues to develop in his career.
It is unclear at this moment in time how far the Brit can go in the game but when Edmund spoke exclusively to VAVEL last month in Nottingham he expressed his ranking aspirations for the rest of the 2016 season. “Reaching the top 50 is something I thought about at the start of the year, but if I achieve that it doesn’t mean that I’ll stop there. If I don’t achieve it, that doesn’t mean I’ve failed, if I still feel I’ve improved then that’s a positive”, the 21-year-old said.