After a great win Monday over Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray couldn’t duplicate the effort today in Eastbourne, falling to countryman Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.
“I’m really happy that Kyle’s doing really well,” said Murray. “It’s great for British tennis… Obviously this is a really good thing for British tennis that, with the stage of my career I’m at, [there is] another player at the top of the game. Hopefully he’ll be competing for the biggest tournaments.”
Attention now shifts toward Murray’s participation at Wimbledon, which still isn’t 100% confirmed.
“There is no danger of me injuring my hip more than any other stage,” Murray said.
“Two weeks ago I practiced with Kyle and I didn’t win a game. I’ve made decent progress in the past couple of weeks and have been somewhat competitive in the matches I have played.
“So I don’t want to go out there to just play, I want to compete properly.
“If I’m in the right place, physically feel ready, and mentally in the right place, then I’ll go for it.”
As for Edmund, It was his first career win in three tries over the British great.
“To beat him,” Edmund said. “It sort of shows I have improved a lot. It’s difficult to put it into words… To have that win definitely gives me a lot of confidence and belief.
I guess the mental side of that, as well, it’s a tough thing,” He added. “It’s a nice win.”
Next for Edmund is Mikhail Kukushin in the quarterfinals.
Denis Shapolalov scored his first grass win of the season edging Jared Donaldson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. French Open semifinalist also was victorious on the grass. And Lukas Lacko upset top seed Diego Schwartzman.
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