Kyle Edmund intent on finishing best year of his career on a high

Kyle Edmund looking up

The 2018 season has been a good one for Kyle Edmund and he is determined “not to let it fade away”.

Edmund started the year as the world No 50, but went on a glorious run at the Australian Open as he reached the semi-final, and he followed it up with his maiden ATP Tour final in Marrakesh and quarter-final run at the Madrid Open.

That propelled him into the world top 20 for the first time and also saw him replace the injured Andy Murray as the British No 1.

He has perhaps not been at his best in recent months with a quarter-final at the Winston-Salem Open his best showing, but he is hopeful he can have another long run at the US Open.

“I would have liked to have won more matches definitely,” he said. “Each week I’ve been getting better and better. Last week was nice to play three matches, get some match hours in the legs, especially with the five sets here.

“I’ve had the best year of my career, started the year really well so, as a professional, it’s important to finish the year properly and not let it fade away.

“The key to being a good tennis player is having a consistent year.”

The 23-year-old has a decent record at Flushing Meadows as he reached the fourth round in his main draw debut in 2016 and the third round last year.

“There’s always that big build-up and nice feeling before the tournament when you know you’re going to play a Slam,” he said.

“This one particularly I’ve had a decent record at. In juniors I had some good results and in the last two years I’ve won matches here and got to the fourth round and the third round.

“I like the conditions, the courts, the way they play, the speed and how they benefit my game, so in that sense it’s nice to be back.”