The 22-year-old British no. 2 overcame Renzo Olivo of Argentina 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 just minutes after Murray had set a 2016 Olympic final replay against Juan Martin Del Potro.
Hopes of Edmund being involved in an “Ashes” match against Nick Kyrgios quickly disappeared, though, when the fiery Australian was beaten by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, leaving in his wake two broken rackets and a code violation.
The second racket, which earned him the penalty point, was given six-of-the-best against the water cooler.
“It was a bit of fun,” he said. “Obviously it was frustration. I am not going to do that just because I feel like it. It kind of feels good. There is a whole build up, then it kind of just goes.
Kyle Edmund believes his own forehand is building up a reputation on the tour
“I don’t know if that is the best role model you want. I am not trying to show anybody I am frustrated, I am just doing it for myself. I have been doing it all my career, it is just habit now, really.”
Edmund still faces a “big” task in the shape of 6ft 8in Anderson, however, even though he is 13 places below the no. 49 ranked Brit in the world rankings.
And while he will be doing his homework on how to counter Anderson’s huge serve, he feels that his own forehand is beginning to get a bit of a reputation of its own.
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“You don’t hear it because they’re not going to talk to you about that, but I’ve been playing on the tour for the last year and a bit so they’re going to watch you,” he said. “And if you have good slams runs, like I did at US Open last year, people don’t ignore that. They know it.
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“So no doubt players will watch and try and suss game styles out.” Olivo, having beaten crowd favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over two days, clearly had not managed it, sitting back far behind the baseline and having few answers to Edmunds’ power.
“There’s no point in having a shot like that and not using it,” he said. “I’ve got to use it, I’ve got to keep taking the initiative to bully players with it when I can. But that’s my game.”