By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund defeats Evgeny Donskoy 5-7 7-6(7) 6-3
  • Edmund vs Jack Sock [16]
PARIS, FRANCE – Kyle Edmund saved a match point on his way to a three set victory over Evgeny Donskoy to prolong his stay at the 2017 Paris Masters.

Kyle Edmund defeats Evgeny Donskoy [LL] 5-7 7-6 (7) 6-3

Kyle Edmund was looking to build on a very good week in Vienna, where he delivered a sequence of impressive match wins to make the semi-final and now lives to fight another die as he faces a familiar opponent in the second round in Jack Sock.

There were a lot of patchy and challenging moments in the first and second sets of Edmund’s win over Evgeny Donskoy. There were phases where you truly questioned whether Edmund would show the required fight and strength of character and mind to turn it around, but he did, after saving a match point in the second set tiebreak.

The third and final set became more of a straightforward affair as Edmund romped to victory, while Donskoy was left thinking of what could have been if he had taken that match point in the set before. It was a spirited win for the Brit.

 

Kyle Edmund vs Jack Sock [16] H2H: Edmund leads 1-0

Jack Sock, Roland Garros 2017

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Jack Sock Roland Garros 2017

Edmund has to take this week with a match at a time like all the top players tend to do. Looking too far ahead in the draw can lead to complacency and failure to prepare properly to the sticky challenges that await in the second round. Sock has struggled enormously in the buildup to the US Open and even beyond the last grand slam of the season. I think one element to Sock’s game that needs serious improvement is his conditioning, because it is letting him down over the course of a very long ATP season.

There’s great incentive for both. Sock will be wanting to finish the season inside the World’s Top 20 as evidence that he has had a respectable season overall, while Edmund probably will not want the season to end if he keeps on winning tennis matches on a regular basis. Edmund is in the much better form, but both players can really ramp up the pace off the forehand side and serve big. I think Edmund will edge this one. The Brit won when these two met in Atlanta earlier this season and I think he will progress to the third round in straight sets.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets

Edmund & Sock are scheduled on Court 1, not before 3:30pm (2:30pm GMT).

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