Kyle Edmund: I need to do better in 2018, I want to be in top 20

Edmund, who was born in South Africa, turned professional in 2011. Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

British No.2 Kyle Edmund is aiming to climb the world rankings in 2018 and is hoping his added experience combined with help from Andy Murray will enable him to do that.

Edmund, who is currently the world No.50, managed to progress to the third round in the US and French Open in 2017 but admitted he still would have liked a more fruitful year.

"It was okay, I definitely would have liked to have done better," Edmund exclusively told ESPN reflecting on his 2017. "I finished the year in 2016 at 40 something, finished this year at 50 so I maintained my ranking. I've got another year of experience on the tour so I learnt a lot.

"It would be great to get top 20, top 30 [in 2018].

"I've had two years of the same end finish so in 2018 it's about a push up the rankings.

"I've been in three or four semifinals of tour events now so of course you want to be winning the biggest tournaments in the world.

"[But] the biggest thing for 2018 is getting up the rankings as much as possible and that is about turning those close situations in my favour.

"I haven't changed too much in training; nothing drastic has happened. On and off the court it's constantly making little adjustments and fine tinkering."

Edmund, 22, may be disappointed in his sporting achievements in 2017, but off the court he continued his rise and success.

He signed a new reported seven-figure four-year sponsorship deal with Nike which only displays the confidence the manufacturer has in his ability.

But despite the deal, Edmund is adamant it doesn't add any extra pressure.

"In terms of pressure, any sponsorship you always have to do your best and get your results, that's how the sport's world works," he said. "On a personal note, you're always putting pressure on yourself so there's no added pressure.

"You just have to do the best you can and the theory is the results will come and that's how I go about it."

While Edmund has experienced some of the sport's greatest highs, such as winning 2015's Davis Cup, he still looks up to compatriot and teammate Andy Murray in hope of replicating some of the same success in the future.

"I've known Andy for four or five years now," Edmund added. "I've got to know him on a personal level so it's great to have that connection with him on and off the court.

"I've spoken to him a bit about tennis but a lot of the learning from him has just been watching him, seeing how he operates, his work ethic is a very big one for him.

"Being around him in training blocks and the Davis Cup has been huge. He's played some of his best tennis at the Davis Cup so it's been great to watch him. Hopefully he'll be around for a few more years."

Being a British tennis player, there is always extra focus on performances at Wimbledon.

Edmund has been competing at Wimbledon for a number of years now but in 2017 he won his first ever senior singles match, beating Alexander Ward in the first round, before losing to Gael Monfils at the next stage.

Despite his victory, he puts his lack of progression at the year's grass Grand Slam down to added home pressure and the surface, which he wasn't used to.

"You always want to do well at your home tournament," Edmund said. "[And] I think surface is a factor.

"I play a lot more on clay and hard and my game probably suits that more naturally. I have to work that little bit more on grass and adapting and really improving on it.

"If you ask anyone playing their home tournament, you have that added pressure from yourself personally.

"You want to do much better and maybe there's a little bit more expectation from the media and the fans. It's always magnified. If you win it's 'he's on the way to doing good things' or if you lose it's almost a bit of a disaster.

"I would have loved to have done better at Wimbledon and hopefully in years to come I can do that."