Steve Johnson vs. Kyle Edmund
|Date & Time||Thursday August 23, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Kyle Edmund and Steve Johnson meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Winston-Salem Open.
Kyle Edmund is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Carballes Baena that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 86 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Edmund is coming off a match in which he got 60 percent of his first serves in play and won 81 percent of his total service points. Edmund entered this tournament losing four of his last five matches, but it’s amazing what can happen after a couple of straight sets victory. Edmund is serving at an extremely high level in this tournament and has dropped just seven of 66 first serve points in his last four sets. Edmund has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Madrid Masters. Edmund has split his last six matches on hard court.
Steve Johnson is coming off a straight sets win over Jaume Munar that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Johnson won 83 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Johnson won 76 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point. Johnson entered this tournament on a three-match losing streak and doesn’t look like the sam player, winning both matches in straight sets. Johnson seems to always play his best on United States soil, so this isn’t a complete surprise despite his shaky form. As long as Johnson is consistent with his serve, he has to like his chances to get the job done in this subpar draw. Johnson has lost three of his last five matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Edmund has won two of those matches. The most recent meeting was in the 2017 US Open, a match Edmund won in straight sets.
This isn’t an easy match to call considering both guys show flashes at times and then completely crap the bed. Edmund is one of the better young players in the game and looks unbeatable for stretches, but he’s inconsistent and hard to trust. Johnson plays his best in US tournaments and has that feisty attitude that helps him when playing well.
This is a coin-flip, but I’d side with Johnson because of how he plays in the US.