Goran Ivanisevic tips Kyle Edmund as one for the future ahead of Australian Open showdown with Grigor Dimitrov
Goran Ivanisevic believes Kyle Edmund is one of the gamers who’re “the future of tennis”, however regardless of his admiration for the 23-year-old Briton he thinks Grigor Dimitrov will probably be too good for him on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Ivanisevic, who expects Edmund to have damaged into the world’s prime 20 by the finish of 2018, thinks that Dimitrov is “definitely one of the guys who can win a Grand Slam this year”.
Dimitrov had lengthy been regarded as one of the greatest rising gamers in the sport, however at 26 years previous the Bulgarian now has lots of youthful gamers respiratory down his neck, together with Edmund. However, Ivanisevic has been impressed by the progress Dimitrov has made since appointing Dani Vallverdu as a coach at the finish of 2016.
“Although he was always aggressive I sometimes thought that he played the point for the crowd, not for himself,” the 2001 Wimbledon champion mentioned. “Now I believe he’s extra calm.
“His backhand has improved so much. He just isn’t lacking backhands as a lot as he used to. The backhand has turn into a weapon. His forehand is a lot better. I believe his second serve ought to enhance. Sometimes he’s simply out of steadiness. But the manner he’s transferring – wow, he’s one of the greatest athletes there.
“I see him in the semi-finals, I don’t know against who, but he’s going to be dangerous to beat.”
In the semi-finals the winner between Dimitrov and Edmund will face both Rafael Nadal, the world No 1, or Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who meet in Tuesday’s night session.
Grigor Dimitrov beat Nick Kyrgios to arrange a quarter-final in opposition to Edmund (Getty)
Ivanisevic was impressed by the manner Dimitrov beat Nick Kyrgios in the fourth spherical on Sunday night. “He lifted his game, because I had been very impressed with Nick,” Ivanisevic mentioned. “Grigor improved a lot last year, working with Dani, winning the ATP Finals and he is going to be dangerous.”
Dimitrov has been in two semi-finals earlier than at Grand Slam tournaments. He misplaced to Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller right here final yr and to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2014.
“A Slam is tough,” Ivanisevic mentioned. “Last year we saw Rafa and Roger split four Slams. Dimitrov is one of the guys who can step up. So can Kyrgios if he keeps his head like he did here. I don’t see a lot of guys who can do that but Dimitrov is definitely one of the guys who can win a Grand Slam this year.”
What has Ivanisevic made of Edmund’s progress? “He’s made great improvement in the past two years,” the former world No 2 mentioned. “He gets better and better every year. He’s not afraid to hit the ball. He is young and he’s great for British tennis.”
Ivanisevic thinks Edmund can construct on the enhancements he has made in his psychological method over the final two years.
“He’s still young and these are things that make you better,” he mentioned. “When you begin to win these shut matches, once you begin to shut them out, then you’re going to turn into a greater participant, you’re going to enhance your rating.
“I think at the end of the year he will be ranked between No 10 and No 20 in the world. Edmund is one of the players who is the future of tennis.”
Ivanisevic has tipped Edmund as one for the future (Getty)
What about Dimitrov’s evaluation of Edmund? “For sure I need to be ready,” the Bulgarian mentioned. “Simple as that. There isn’t any place for under-estimation or something like that. You have simply received to go on the market and play your tennis.
“The only thing I have been focusing on since day one out here on the court is really looking after my side of the game and my side of the net. This is what I want to progress. I want to be better. And it doesn’t matter who I play. I just want to do better.”
Dimitrov claimed his first tour title in Stockholm 5 years in the past, however after successful three extra in 2014, together with the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club in London, the Bulgarian’s progress stalled.
Having damaged into the world’s prime 20 for the first time at the begin of 2014, he fell out of it a yr later and was as low as No 40 in the summer time of 2016. However, the appointment of Vallverdu, who was a long-time member of Andy Murray’s teaching staff, has helped to show his fortunes round.
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Last yr Dimitrov gained his first Masters Series title in Cincinnati in the summer time and ended his marketing campaign in spectacular model by successful the ATP Finals in London.
His kind at the begin of this yr had been patchy, however the victory over Kyrgios demonstrated his maturity. “In a long tournament, it’s important, after certain rounds, to reassess your game a little bit,” Dimitrov mentioned. “You reassess your behaviour and discover a approach to do one thing higher, to vary one thing so as for you to be higher. It’s as easy as that.
“I just told myself [before the Kyrgios match]: ‘OK, you’ve gone that far. Now is the part you need to start enjoying a little bit more and live in the moment. You never know how many times you’re going to be able to come out on Rod Laver Arena and just play.’ That itself gives me the motivation and that kind of kick: ‘Hey, man, you’re here now. Just play’.”