Kyle Edmund overcomes sluggish start to win second all-British clash at Eastbourne

Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund recovered from a nightmare start to beat fellow Brit Dan Evans in the quarter-final of the Nature Valley International.

British No 1 Edmund managed to win only one game in the opening set before getting his act together to secure a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in just under two hours.

“A lot of good things today, especially after the start. It probably made it even more of a better win,” Edmund said. “Once I sort of imposed myself in the match, I got more of a foothold in it.

“It’s getting better for sure. That’s pleasing for me. I’m happy about it, obviously. The nature of sport or tennis is you keep striving to get better and better. There’s never a perfect level or a perfect game so I’ve got to keep improving.”

He will face Taylor Fritz for a place in the final after the unseeded American beat Hubert Hurkacz from Poland 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

“I just played a really poor game. I didn’t make any first serves. The only way to say it is I really choked that game,” Fritz said.

The other semi-final will see Sam Querrey take on Thomas Fabbiano.

American Querrey held off fifth seed Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 while Italian Fabbiano secured a 6-4, 6-3 win over sixth seed Gilles Simon.

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