Ed­mund loses to Zverev at Shang­hai Mas­ters

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports - COR­RE­SPON­DENT SHANG­HAI

Kyle Ed­mund once again came up short against Alexan­der Zverev af­ter los­ing in straight sets to the world num­ber five in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Shang­hai Mas­ters.

Ed­mund had been beaten in all of his pre­vi­ous three matches against Zverev, who main­tained his 100 per cent record against the Bri­tish num­ber one with a clin­i­cal 6-4, 6-4 vic­tory in 71 min­utes

Zverev needed only one op­por­tu­nity to break his op­po­nent in ei­ther set as he be­came the fifth player to book his place at the sea­son-end­ing ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don.

Rafael Nadal, No­vak Djokovic, Roger Fed­erer and Juan Martin del Potro had al­ready se­cured their spots, but Ed­mund’s hopes of join­ing them and Zverev suf­fered a set­back with this de­feat.

The 23-year-old sits 12th in a race to fin­ish in the top eight and is more than 1,500 points adrift of French Open fi­nal­ist Do­minic Thiem, who oc­cu­pies the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing place.

Ed­mund was bid­ding to reach his first Mas­ters semi­fi­nal but a cou­ple of fore­hand er­rors gifted Zverev a break in the open­ing game.

Zverev had a slight wob­ble while serv­ing for the set but saved the only break point he faced in the match en route to clinch­ing the first set in 34 min­utes.

A sub­lime back­hand pass fol­lowed by a fore­hand win­ner sealed a break to love for Zverev in the fifth game of the sec­ond set, and he duly wrapped up vic­tory with min­i­mal fuss. THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT

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