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Kyle Edmund hopes to emulate Andy Murray's discipline and commitment to tennis

...British No 3 also reveals Murray is king of the Versaclimber

Kyle Edmund says Andy Murray has been an inspirational force for him
Image: Kyle Edmund says Andy Murray has been an inspirational force for him

Emerging British hope Kyle Edmund says Andy Murray has been an inspiration to his development and he is relishing the prospect of taking on his idol for a place in the Aegon Championships semi-finals at Queen's Club on Friday.

Edmund was given a wild card for the tournament in west London and has responded with a first career top-20 win over world No 18 Gilles Simon before receiving a walkover to the last eight following the withdrawal of Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Following Murray's win over fellow Brit Aljaz Bedene, Edmund will meet the world No 2 in the first all-British quarter-final at ATP level since 2002, when Tim Henman beat Greg Rusedski in Adelaide, and Edmund says he will enjoy the battle on Centre Court as he looks to reach his first Tour semi-final.

Andy Murray
Image: Murray has eased into the last eight at Queen's Club

Edmund, the British No 3, feels two-time Grand Slam champion Murray has been a magnificent example and role model to young British players and although he took the inaugural Tie Break Tens title against him at London's Royal Albert Hall last year, he is still unable to master him at Versaclimber sessions.

"He's been the biggest inspiration of players my age," the 21-year-old said at Queen's Club.

"Maybe when Tim [Henman] and Greg [Rusedski] were coming to the end of their careers, you look at them, but Andy's had all the expectations on his shoulders and he's dealt with it very, very well on the court.

Edmund (L) beat Murray (R) to take the Tie Break Tennis title
Image: Edmund (L) beat Murray (R) to take the Tie Break Tennis title

"It's a privilege for me to have someone like that to look up to and also to engage with on and off the court.

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"You speak with him about the game and also look at him and see what he does. His work ethic is something that I've always found to be extremely high and he has shown why he's so good.

"I'm very fortunate that he has allowed me to come into his environment and shared stuff with his team and stay with him. It's good that he has opened up to me and let me learn from him. It's definitely helped me get better, that's for sure."

Edmund, who climbed to a career-high 82 in the rankings last month, is aiming to emulate Murray's unique work ethic and strive forward in order to achieve great things in his career.

Murray and Edmund were part of GB's victorious Davis Cup team in Belgium last year
Image: Murray and Edmund were part of GB's victorious Davis Cup team in Belgium last year

Speaking about Murray's phenomenal discipline and commitment to the sport, he said: "His training on court, the intensity he trains at, the length, the physicality he goes, the length, the rallies, the hours he puts in off the court, as well as in the gym.

"A lot of the time everyone has their own way of working on what they want to do, but, you spend three to four hours on court and then you go do an hour in the gym on weights.

"After weights it's an hour doing an ice bath, recovery and then treatment on the bed. It's not just like the day is finished when you walk off court. Days are very long.

"Before the tennis starts, you do 45 minutes to an hour of stretching and Pilates. There's a lot of commitment that goes into it.

Kyle Edmund became the third Brit to book his place in second round at Queen's Club
Image: Edmund is into the quarter-final in west London having seen off Gilles Simon in the opening round

"When you're a junior at 16, 17, you don't see the side of that because you're still kicking a football around. But when you really need to knuckle down and you realise this is a job, this is a life, a commitment, then you realise what it takes.

"That's the professionalism and the commitment of the sport. If you don't look after your body, your body won't look after you and you'll break down."

And when he goes head-to-head with Murray during Versaclimber sessions, Edmund says there is only one winner.

"I've never actually beat him in a Versaclimber session. We did one two years ago in Miami. So in my defence that is very much Andy's thing. I know he really enjoys the Versaclimber. He has one at his house here in London, he has one in Miami in his apartment. He very much enjoys doing it, and he's very good at it."

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