By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund [6] defeats Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2
  • Edmund vs Jared Donaldson
CHENGDU, CHINA – Kyle Edmund‘s return to action started on a resounding positive note as he eased into a straight-sets win over Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the first round of the Chengdu Open.

 

Kyle Edmund [6] defeats Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-2

This was Kyle Edmund’s first match since retiring with a back problem in his third round US Open encounter against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

The Brit was the man that wanted the match much more than Bernard Tomic and he looked domineering with his first serve for the entirety of the match, dropping just the two points on that first delivery throughout.

Edmund’s road to a first ATP title does not get easier as he next faces Jared Donaldson for a place in the Chengdu Open quarter-finals.

 

Edmund vs Jared Donaldson H2H: Donaldson leads 1-0

Two bright stars of two shining tennis nations will go blow for blow in their second match-up. Much praise and expectation has been placed on Edmund’s and Donaldson’s shoulders, particularly inside the last 12 to 18 months, but the two players are like chalk and cheese in the way they deal with the pressure and the way in which they express themselves on a tennis court.

Donaldson can be fiery at times, more so when he was learning his trade in the lower levels of the tour, but now it seems he is channeling his frustration and aggression in a better way as he has matured.

Donaldson came out on top in their first meeting, which was in Miami earlier this year, but Edmund had his chances to win that match. He served for the match, held three match points, but his usually-trusty-forehand let him down and gradually misfired as the match progressed. He will need that potent weapon to be firing on all cylinders when he comes up against the feisty and determined American in the second round.

Prediction: Edmund in three-sets

Edmund & Donaldson are scheduled on Stadium Court, not before 5:30pm (10:30am BST).

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