sport news Kyle Edmund is the real deal and goes into Wimbledon as British No 1

For the last decade we have got used to always having Andy Murray as the British No 1 heading into Wimbledon. But Kyle Edmund now holds that top spot, and deservedly so.

His transformation is remarkable, he has gone from a young man to a fully-fledged top class player in a matter of months. And he now has the fear factor in the locker room too, the top guys respect him.

A potential third round match against Novak Djokovic? It’s obviously difficult, and last year I’d have given him no chance. But he is a changed man and he has this aura about him. He is not cocky but he knows now that he belongs, that he is capable of it. It’s a sort of ‘watch out, I am here’.

Kyle Edmund heads to Wimbledon at the British No 1 and has hopes of going far

Kyle Edmund heads to Wimbledon at the British No 1 and has hopes of going far

Whatever his backroom team did in the off-season before the Australian Open I would like to know. This time last year he looked brittle at times. You wondered about five sets at Grand Slams.

His backhand was vulnerable and his movement was OK. His forehand and his serve were his weapons. But now his backhand is a proper shot, he can block returns when he needs to and his movement is better.

Beating Murray in Eastbourne will have been a big moment psychologically, and he beat him easily. It shows how far he has come.

Edmund's transformation from a young man to a top class player is quite remarkable

Edmund's transformation from a young man to a top class player is quite remarkable

This surface is his worst but at Queen’s he looked like a grass court player. He should get through his first two rounds and then in all likelihood comes this small matter of a clash with Djokovic. I don’t see why he couldn’t win that, although it is very difficult for me to go against Djokovic. It could be a mouth-watering match.

Other than that as a possibility, I’m not really predicting any major upsets on the men’s side of the draw.

This time in a fortnight, I think there will be a case of deja vu for tennis fans, with the top two seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal going head to head for the title.

It seems strange to be picking a repeat of the classic 2008 final, but they are still at the top of the pack 10 years on.

He has found maturity in his game and has carried on improving throughout the year

He has found maturity in his game

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