By Jake Davies
- Alexander Zverev defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3 7-6 (3)
- Has to look to build ranking at big Masters 1000 events coming up in Shanghai and later in Paris.
BEIJING, CHINA – British No.2 Kyle Edmund lost his China Open opener as he fell in straight-sets to the No.2 seed and high-flying Alexander Zverev.
Alexander Zverev defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3 7-6 (3)
Edmund won the first game to love, but would later find himself a break down after just three games played. The German asked many questions on how consistent the Brit was going to be when the rallies became drawn out and also exposed the weaker backhand when he was given the chance.
Edmund tried to change his tactic on return by blocking some of the returns back, but that brought him no luck and no rewards. Zverev would take the set with two breaks of serve as Edmund struck a double fault to hand over the set to his opponent for 6-3.
In the second set, Edmund converted his one and only break point of the match in the eleventh game of the second set, but Zverev stayed with Edmund, forced the tie-break and played some of his better tennis to advance to the China Open second round.
Now it is time for Edmund to try to make some inroads at Masters 1000 level to protect his ranking going into the 2018 season. There are still some big points on offer between now and the conclusion of this season, This year really has been about consolidating that position in the rankings after Edmund’s first season on the ATP tour in 2016. His ambitions in 2018 and beyond will be to make a greater impression like some of his counterparts are at the higher echelons of the ATP rankings.
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