The Tennis Podcast: Edmund title drought goes on – how big a deal is it?
Kyle Edmund rose to a career-high ranking of No.14 after reaching the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing, but another opportunity to win a maiden ATP title slipped through his fingers.
On this week’s Tennis Podcast, presenters Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) discuss the significance of the Brit’s ongoing quest for silverware.
Why has a title proved so elusive? How important is it that he overcomes this hurdle sooner rather than later? And should he start targeting some smaller events to make the task easier?
Two men who have got the title-winning bug, however, are Daniil Medvedev and Nikoloz Basilashvili. Law and Whitaker hail their respective victories in Tokyo and Beijing, as well as their rise up the rankings in 2018. Why have their achievements received little fanfare compared to those of Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas?
Caroline Wozniacki, meanwhile, won her first Premier Mandatory title since 2011, doing so without dropping a single set in Beijing. After a few months of injury and poor form, where did this flawless week come from?
There’s also time to salute Kevin Anderson’s good nature, debate the different merits of one-handed and two-handed backhands, and discuss the excellent news that Britain will be hosting a Fed Cup tie for the first time since 1993.
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