KYLE EDMUND believes he can reside up to the expectations of John McEnroe and Pat Cash.
Each tennis legends are tipping Edmund to crack the world’s top 10 sooner slightly than later — and today’s French Open third-spherical conflict with Fabio Fognini might be one other massive check of his credentials.
After listening to reward from McEnroe, the British No 1 stated: “For somebody to say that’s nice however I’ve to make it occur. I consider I can.
“I’ve good confidence in my recreation, the best way I performed towards guys which might be ranked on the top.
“Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev have been three within the world once I performed them. I’ve performed the No 1 within the world — Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
“I’m nonetheless fairly younger at 23 however top ten is a aim, it has to be.”
Edmund made his Grand Slam breakthrough by reaching the semi-finals at this yr’s Australian Open.
However he is aware of that beating world No 18 Fognini to attain the second week of Roland Garros for the primary time can be one other massive assertion.
American tennis Jon McEnroe is an enormous fan of the Brit
After his second-spherical win, world No 17 Edmund had some cryotherapy remedy — a hello-tech various to an ice tub. It underlines the distinction between cool Edmund and fiery Fognini.
Edmund stated: “It will undoubtedly be a pleasant win. It’s going to be an enormous check for me. I’ve by no means performed him earlier than.
“Enjoying a great clay-courtroom participant on the French Open, the clay Grand Slam, is the place you need to be. He’s a seasoned professional, is aware of what he’s doing.
"It’s a type of matches the place it’s a very good check to see the place you’re at.”
Edmund has already come a great distance since 2014 when he practised with Andy Murray forward of the Davis Cup quarter-ultimate towards Italy in Naples, a tie which turned on Fognini’s win over Murray on a dodgy courtroom.
British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith stated: “Even then you would see Kyle’s recreation was actually suited to clay. His forehand was a weapon again then, it’s grown to be an absolute tremendous-power.
“However he’s constructing extra into his recreation. He’s utilizing some angles, some greater balls, his slice has improved so much.
“He’s an enormous man and if he serves properly then he’s going to get the primary strike on his forehand and then he can begin to dominate play.
“You’ve seen him develop in confidence — and he may have that sense of belonging to this stage now. And that’s thrilling.”
KYLE EDMUND believes he can stay up to the expectations of John McEnroe and Pat Cash.