It’s finals day at the USA F3 Futures in Weston, FL, where top-seeded Romanian Victor Crivoi is set to meet fourth-seeded British upstart, Kyle Edmund.
Edmund comes in riding a nine match win streak, having taken the title at last weeks USA F2 event in Sunrise. The 31-year-old Crivoi has had almost as good a start to his year, posting a 7/1 record thus far for 2014, his only loss coming to another teenage up-and-comer, 18-year-old Yoshihito Nishioka from Japan.
The two have a history, with Crivoi coming through a 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 encounter at last year’s USA F1 tournament in Plantation, Florida.
Both players downplayed the importance of last year’s meeting, however. “I can’t remember too much of the match,” the 19-year-old Edmund said, “But I don’t think it’s going to count for too much because it’s a year on, and a different venue.”
Crivoi added, “Yeah, we played last year. I won, but he was young. He improved a lot.”
Both players overcame scratchy patches in their semifinal matches yesterday, but they each finished strong. It’ll be interesting to see what difference, if any, is made one year on.
“He obviously came through a tough one [in his semifinal],” Edmund said, “which shows he’s playing some good tennis under pressure. So yeah it’ll be a good match. But I’m playing well, and hopefully I can go out there and try my best. That’s all I can do.”
“He won last week,” Crivoi countered, “so he’s in good shape.”