Former British number one Tim Henman says Kyle Edmund needs to learn to win ugly to take his game to the next level in 2019.
Edmund’s career has gone from strength to strength in 2018, rising to a career-high 14th in the ATP rankings this year on the back of a first victory on tour at the Eupen Open in October, while he also reached the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in April.
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The 23-year-old produced his best performance at a Grand Slam when reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the start of the year.
Edmund’s good form, coupled with Andy Murray having played a limited schedule on his return from hip surgery, has seen the South African-born ace take over as the British number one.
Edmund has a long way to go if he is to match the exploits of predecessor Murray, who has three Grand Slam titles to his name, and Henman has picked out where he feels he can improve going forward.
“I think Murray is a phenomenal competitor because irrespective of the score, he’s just there point in, point out,” Henman said.
“I think Kyle’s a good competitor and he’s shown that he can be a very good competitor in five-set matches. “But I think if he can win more matches when he’s not playing particularly well, that defines you as a player.
“There are a lot of matches and a lot of times where you’re going to play ok, but can you find a way to win? “Kyle does that well because he’s a top-20 player but to go that next level he needs to make those improvements.”11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!