Dzumhur vs. Edmund
|Date & Time||Friday August 25, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kyle Edmund and Damir Dzumhur meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Winston-Salem Open.
Kyle Edmund is coming off a three sets win over Steve Johnson that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 69 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Edmund has won six of his last seven sets and is playing probably his best tennis of the season after hit and miss results. This is Edmund’s biggest match of his career at 22 years old, and he has to like his chances considering his serve has been on point. After all, Edmund has been broken just once in his last five sets played. Edmund has won four of his last semifinal appearances when you include challenger play. Edmund hopes to make his first career singles final appearance. Edmund has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Damir Dzumhur is coming off a straight sets win over Hyeon Chung that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Dzumhur won 71 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Dzumhur has won his last five sets played and is coming off a match in which he won 45 percent of his return ponts. When you include his final appearance in the Santo Domingo Challenger, Dzumhur has won 11 of his last 13 matches and is easily playing some of his best tennis in recent memory. Dzumhur has to like his chances if he continues to return at such a high percentage. Dzumhur has won four of his last six semifinal appearances when you include challenger play. Dzumhur hopes to make his first career singles final appearance. Dzumhur has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2016 Australian Open, a match Dzumhur won in five sets.
This should be a fun match between two guys who have a chance at the biggest victory of their careers in single play, especially with the way the previous match between these two went. However, Edmund is the better player here and his power game fits well on the hard court. Dzumhur could have trouble keeping up in this match.
I like Edmund to squeeze out the victory and reach the final.