Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon 2018 is on the line against Novak Djokovic – how can he beat him?

Novak Djokovic (left) and Kyle Edmund

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A Wimbledon duel between Kyle Edmund and the Novak Djokovic of 2016 would likely have resulted in one outcome.

But an elbow injury and personal issues have affected the 12-time Grand Slam champion’s displays since, while the new British number one has made at least the quarter-finals in five ATP tournaments this year.

Edmund also recorded his first victory in four attempts over the former world number one with a win at May’s Madrid Masters.

The Briton is now a worthy adversary, but who will come out on top when they meet in the third match on Centre Court on Saturday?

Is there enough in the artillery to overpower Djokovic?

Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith has both watched and nurtured the development of Edmund since the 23-year-old made his Davis Cup debut in 2014.

He has been impressed with the progress made so far and is adamant Edmund has enough ability to defeat the Serb. However, he warned that the Yorkshire player will have to be at near 100% to overcome Djokovic – the 12th seed, and current world number 21.

“Kyle’s been displaying three main areas of improvement: the rhythm and timing of the serve – he’s posting higher speeds,” Smith said.

“Then there’s the return of serve, especially on grasscourt – he’s making way more balls. And the movement – he’s looking physically strong.

“All those three components will need to be firing because Djokovic will be the people’s favourite.”

Former British men’s number one John Lloyd says Edmund possesses the right elements to overcome his more illustrious opponent.

“He has tremendous strike ability from his first serve and forehand – his forehand is in the top five in the world,” said the 63-year-old.

“Since reaching the 2018 Australian Open semi-final his backhand – which was his weak link – is very good now. His movement is also better, although he doesn’t have the flexibility like Djokovic or Andy Murray.

“He’s not a one-pace player and has the weapons to beat Djokovic.”

Should Edmund target Djokovic’s weaknesses?

Kyle Edmund (left) and Novak Djokovic

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