Wimbledon 2011: Kyle Edmund enjoys Soderling link-up

By Phil MaidenBBC Sport

Beverley's Kyle Edmund says he has enjoyed practising with men's fifth seed Robin Soderling.

The 16-year-old was given the chance to hit with the Swede in the run-up to this year's tournament.

"I hit with him for the first time a week before the Championships started for about two hours 20 so that was really tough," he told BBC Sport.

"It's been good to get the different ranges and the hits have been really good. Just what I wanted."

He added: "Any hits on grass are important, from the French on clay you are rushing to get grasscourt practice time so if you get any time it's good and to hit with him was even better."

Edmunds believes an early break helped him overcome his nerves to knock out boys' 11th seed Joao Pedro Sorgi in the first round on Monday.

He produced a shock by beating the Brazilian in straight sets, 6-3 6-3.

"I enjoyed it. I knew I had to get my game out there and if I did I'd overcome the nerves and that's what happened," he said.

"Once I got an early break it was just another match after that."

"Both sets were really good, my serve went off in the second but my returning was fine so I always knew it would make up for it.

"I've seen him [Sorgi] play in other tournaments and in my first match with him I knew how he played and I got the game-plan right."

Edmunds will now face Belgium's Julien Cagnina and he believes he can progress to the third round.

"The guy is beatable," he said. "I know what I have to do against him but I am looking forward to it."