British number one Kyle Edmund feels he is improving on grass even though he went out of Queen’s in the second round.
Edmund was beaten 7-6 (7/3) 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 by Nick Kyrgios, who claimed his second successive British scalp after ruining Andy Murray’s comeback on Tuesday.
The Yorkshireman is not renowned for his results on the green stuff and only won his first Wimbledon main draw match last year.
But an impressive overall improvement in his game – which saw him get to the Australian Open semi-final in January – is beginning to show on the grass too.
“I have been playing pretty good,” the 23-year-old said. “I think I’m improving on grass. My serve is better. I’m able to hold better in the service games.
“And to be a good grass court player you really have to serve well and return well. And I think I’m improving as a general rule.
“This year has been good for me. Mostly I feel my game is improving on the court, so I think it helps going into the grass (season).”
Despite a clear improvement, Edmund, who goes into his first home grand slam as British number one, is not setting any targets for Wimbledon.
“All the time I try and put high expectations and also realistic expectations,” he added.
“It’s one of those where I want to obviously do well on the whole, but an individual match like the first round is all that matters, so that’s the match I’m obviously going to want to do well.
“You don’t go in there going – well, I certainly don’t go in there – saying I want to make quarters this week.
“That means winning four or five matches, four matches, so you take one match at a time, so that’s pretty much how it’s going to be.
“Of course playing in Britain is always a little bit more expectation, more attention on you, more off-court commitments to do, but that’s just natural for anyone who’s from that country.”
Edmund’s loss against Kyrgios was largely down to a serving masterclass as the Australian sent down 32 aces and faced only one break point as he moved into the quarter-finals.
And Kyrgios believes Edmund has what it takes to succeed on grass.
“I think he’s really good on grass. He serves well, his backhand has improved really a lot. You know, he’s got a good forehand. He returns well.
“I think he can do well on the grass, for sure. I was pretty impressed with his grass court tennis today.
“He played really well. I was really surprised.
“He handled that low ball well, volleyed well. He returned well, he sliced well.”