That was such a great performance from Edmund in conditions that seem to only be getting faster. The bad news for Great Britain is that Germany also have a huge-hitting player who should also thrive on these courts as Jan-Lennard Struff takes on Dan Evans.
Yesterday, Evans was blown off the court in the second half of his loss to Alexander Bublik. He will hope that the 6’5 German isn’t flowing quite as well today.
Evans leads the head to head 1-0, but their only meeting was at Wimbledon in 2016. Struff is a completely different player today after the best year of his career.
Kyle Edmund defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 (GBR 1-0 GER)
Kyle Edmund seals a brilliant win with another easy hold to love. More big serving, more bruising forehands and backhands. That was comfortably one of his best matches of the year and we may look back on this period as a pivotal moment for his 2020 season. 12 aces, 14 groundstroke winners and just 9 unforced errors.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *6-5 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund breaks! Goodness, Edmund’s backhand is well known as his weakness but he is hitting it so well right now. After sealing the previous game with a bullet down-the-line winner, he opened this game by crushing two more in succession – the first from the baseline and the second as a passing shot – to bring up 0-30.
Kohlschreiber did well to bring the game back to 30-30, but then Edmund’s backhand soared again, this time forcing a forehand error with impeccable depth. The break was sealed with a long forehand from Kohlschreiber and now the Brit will serve for a crucial first rubber.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 5-5* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund moves through another solid hold to level the set. The German is beginning to impose himself in the rallies, but at 30-15 he over-hit a backhand return. On game point, Edmund sealed the hold with a brilliant backhand down the line winner.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *4-5 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Kohlschreiber digs out another hold, but it isn’t getting any easier. This time a missed forehand from Kohlschreiber on the opening point set the tone and he found himself down 15-30. He responded with a very good backhand drop volley, then a big unreturned serve. On game point, his forehand was just deep enough to rush the Edmund forehand and force an error. The German is living dangerously but he keeps on edging ahead. Now the pressure is back on Edmund as he serves to stay in it.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 4-4* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Kohlschreiber opened with a nice foray to the net, but the hope was quickly snuffed out by more huge serving and hitting from the Brit. Edmund served his 11th ace at 15-15, then slipped an easy forehand winner crosscourt after a big serve from the German. He held with an unreturned serve out wide. We move on. A huge game coming up here.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *3-4 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund was threatening again at 30-30, but two points away from another break, Kohlschreiber kicked into gear with a great serve out wide followed by a big unreturned serve down the T to hold on. The German remains ahead, but he is under plenty of pressure again.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 3-3* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund rolls through another love hold to level the set up again, sealed with a huge serve. Incredible work from him at 15-0, flitting towards a drop volley and sliding as he fired a forehand crosscourt past the German at the net. The pressure returns to the veteran’s shoulders.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *2-3 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund responds with some brilliance of his own, immediately breaking back with ease. He is back to punishing Kohlschreiber on the baseline with booming forehands and his sheer weight of shot is often just too much in these conditions. At break point, Edmund persevered through a really tough point, passing Kohlschreiber at the net with a forehand at full stretch. That is how you respond.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 1-3* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Out of nowhere, Kohlschreiber breaks serve to move ahead in set two! The German connected with a couple of good returns and Edmund sprays a couple of error, quickly finding himself down 15-40.
Edmund saved the first break point with a searing backhand down the line winner, then he found a big first serve out wide before slotting an easy forehand behind his opponent. But the German’s backhand is starting to flow. He scuppered Edmund’s game point with a brilliant backhand return, then broke with the same trick. Momentum is a fickle thing in tennis.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *1-2 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): This is far from easy, but Kohlschreiber digs out a very good hold from 15-30 down. Edmund’s pace and weight of shot continues to put the German under immense pressure, but he responded with a bruising inside out forehand to force an error at 15-30, then he connected with a brilliant deep backhand down the middle, eliciting another Edmund error. He held with a big unreturned serve.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 1-1* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund slams down his 8th ace to ease through another love hold with more brilliant serving in these fast conditions. He landed all four first serves in that game and he is up to 86% overall. He has so far lost just 3 points on his serve.
Second set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 *0-1 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Kohlschreiber opens the second set in far more convincing form, easing through a hold to 15. His first serve percentage is still quite low and he needs to improve it or else Edmund will threaten again.
A great performance from Edmund so far, but there aren’t that many people there to see it.
Edmund wins first set!
First set: Kyle Edmund 6-3 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Kyle Edmund takes the first set in 31 minutes by holding to love with complete ease. Three big first serves brought up triple set point, then Kohlschreiber sent a second serve return flying well long. Just a great set of attacking tennis from Edmund. He has not looked this confident all year.
First set: Kyle Edmund *5-3 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Kohlschreiber holds with a vey tidy game, moving to 40-0 with a beautifully timed forehand down the line off a huge return from the Brit. He took the second with a sliding serve out wide. Now Edmund will try to serve this thing out.
First set: Kyle Edmund 5-2* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Everything is flowing for Edmund right now, who is serving well, crushing forehands and bullying a shaky Kohlschreiber. A big serve and forehand one-two punch brings up 40-15, then he holds with a deep unreturned second serve.
First set: Kyle Edmund *4-2 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Edmund breaks! These courts are playing so fast right now and Edmund is taking advantage of the speed by absolutely crushing the German’s second serve whenever he gets a look at one. A couple of bad missed backhands under pressure bring up a break point, which Edmund converts with a booming backhand down the line. Andy Murray is applauding in the crowd and for good reason. This is great controlled aggression from Edmund.
First set: Kyle Edmund 3-2* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): Back to back love holds as Edmund responds with one of his own. The Brit opened with a bruising forehand behind his serve, then Kohlschreiber missed a routine forehand. After another big serve, a huge inside out forehand from Edmund forced an error from Kohlschreiber. We move on.
First set: Kyle Edmund *2-2 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): This time it’s the German who gets a love hold. Some great serving from Kohlschreiber to ease through the game, but also an outrageous point by him at 15-0. He was being bullied by the Edmund forehand but guessed correctly into the ad court and guided a backhand down the line.
First set: Kyle Edmund 2-1* Philipp Kohlschreiber (Great Britain 0-0 Germany): This has been a quality start from both. These notoriously fast conditions at altitude reward attacking play and so both players are going after their groundstrokes off both wings. A big serve down the T brought up 40-15 for Edmund, which the German saved with two stunning backhand returns in succession. At Deuce, Edmund found a third ace and then a late forehand from Kohlschreiber edged out. Still on serve.
First set: Kyle Edmund *1-1 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Great Britain 0-0 Germany): Edmund is absolutely crushing the ball early on and he immediately brought up break point at 30-40 after thumping crosscourt backhand passing shot winner, then drilling a backhand down the line winner. A good serve from the German saved the first, then after a loose forehand brought up the second, the German came up with an outrageous backhand down the line winner from miles behind the baseline.
It looked like Edmund would have a third break point after a double fault at deuce, but hawkeye ruled Kohlschreiber’s second serve in. How did the German respond? Two successive aces to hold.
First set: Kyle Edmund 1-0* Philipp Kohlschreiber (GBR 0-0 GER): A very nice start for Edmund. He opened his first service game with an ace and closed it with another ace. An easy hold to love to begin.
So, we begin with Kyle Edmund versus Philipp Kohlschreiber. Kohlschreiber has been a pleasant surprise this week. The 36 year-old German has been around forever, beating many top players and losing countless heartbreakers. He is a former top 20 player but this has been a tough year, with his ranking falling from 34th to 79th. This week he has rediscovered some nice form and he is unbeaten in his two singles rubbers.
Across the net, Edmund has had a tough year with a similar ranking drop, but he finished with a good showing to reach the third round in the Paris Masters last year. He looked very good against Kukushkin yesterday. Can he bring his top form again?
The players are out on-court and the national anthems are being played. Not too long now.
Emotions are running high after the earlier drama. Tears from the Serbian team after missing out on the final in such dramatic fashion and also because today marks the final day of former top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic’s playing career.
As things stand, Russia’s victory put them into the semi-final against Canada, the new tennis power. It will be two two-man teams in that round, with Rublev and Khachanov facing off against Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov.
In the bottom half of the knockout draw, the winner of Great Britain vs Germany will face the winner of Spain vs Argentina.
These two upcoming quarterfinal ties will have a tough act to follow. Earlier today, the two-man next gen Russian team of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov took out Novak Djokovic’s Serbian team in a dramatic final doubles rubber, defeating Djokovic and Viktor Troicki 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(8) while saving three match points in the process.
There was good tennis, bad tennis (four singles players in a tense doubles match is not always pretty), Troicki screaming at the umpire and plenty of drama.
Here are the official nominations for tonight. As Great Britain and Germany do battle on Stadium 2, Spain and Argentina will face off in the main stadium and could provide plenty of its own drama should Pella win that crucial first rubber.
Hello! Welcome to our coverage of Day 5 and quarterfinal day of the Davis Cup Madrid Finals. Yesterday afternoon, Great Britain just about clinched their spot in the quarters after Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski outplayed Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round of the doubles. Today, they face a stern test from a Germany team that is flying under the radar but playing very well.
Leon Smith announced his team moments ago and it comes with a surprise – Andy Murray will not be playing today. After his heroics in Antwerp last month, Murray took 12 days off to rest his elbow and relax after the birth of his third child. He returned just a little undercooked this week and barely survived No 179 Tallon Griekspoor in a third set tiebreak.
Kyle Edmund played a great match to defeat Kukushkin yesterday and he will be in to replace Murray, where he will face veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber before Dan Evans tackles the big serving Jan Lennard Struff. These are two even matches and they could go either way. Just like yesterday’s tie, it could easily come down to the doubles, which will feature two top teams as Murray and Skupski take on French Open champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.