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Murray reserves praise for young Briton Edmund

No.5 seed Kyle Edmund plays a forehand on No.19 Court.
by Stuart Appleby
Wednesday 3 July 2013

The main focus of attention for British tennis at Wimbledon is, understandably, on Andy Murray, but in 18-year-old Kyle Edmund, Britain might just have its next star in waiting.

The world No.2 was quick to praise Edmund in his own post-match press conference, after the teenager came through an all-British third round clash in the boys' singles against Jonny O'Mara.

"I've hit with Kyle quite a few times. He's a hard worker. You know, he wants to be a professional tennis player," the Wimbledon semi-finalist commented after beating Fernando Verdasco on Centre Court.

"He puts in the effort on the court and in the gym. That's one of the most important things. So if he keeps doing those things right, he'll give himself the best chance of becoming a very good professional tennis player."

Although a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline might suggest otherwise, there wasn't too much to spilt Yorkshire's Edmund and O'Mara, a Scottish qualifier, early on. Unfortunately for O'Mara, he served a double fault to allow Edmund to move into a 5-3 lead in the opener and then secure the set on Court 14.

Edmund, the No.5 seed, breezed through the second to tie up the match in 48 minutes and secure a meeting with America's Stefan Kozlov in the quarter-finals. The winner of that match will play No.6 seed Italy's Gianluigi Quinzi or No.12 seed Serbian Nikola Milojevic in the semi-finals.

In Wednesday's other results, there were two notable upsets. Austrian top seed Nick Kyrgios bowed out in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to Korea's Hyeon Chung. In the same half of the draw, No.3 seed Alexander Zverev, trailing 1-6, 6-4, 4-0, retired through injury in the third set handing Kozlov a free passage to the next round.

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