By Ros Satar, in Birmingham

  • Top Seeds: Diego Schwartzman, Kyle Edmund, Denis Shapovalov, Marco Cecchinato
  • 2017 Champion: Novak Djokovic
  • Main Draw Brits: Kyle Edmund [2], Andy Murray [WC], Cameron Norrie [WC]
EASTBOURNE, UK – In the second year of its return to Eastbourne, once more it is the wild-cards that get the attention with Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka set for a block-busting opener.

 

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Nature Valley International 2018 Draws & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles

Qualifying

 

[1] Diego Schwartzman

Top seed Schwartzman will be looking for his first win on grass… ever! He comes into the tournament with a 0-6 record, and will be carrying one of the most bizarre fields with the inclusion of two three-time slam champions Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray both returning from injury.

Schwartzman’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Lukas Lacko
  • QF: Marton Fucsovics
  • SF: Marco Cecchinato [4]
  • F: Kyle Edmund [2]

 

[2] Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund in the ATP Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final, 2018

Kyle Edmund in the ATP Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final, 2018 | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The No. 2 seed has a far better advantage with having won at Eastbourne back when he was a teenager, and causing ripples of interest with his big serve and forehand combo. He had a tough draw to meet Nick Kyrgios in the second round of Queen’s and ironically (based on ranking anyway) he could meet Murray (or Wawrinka) in the second round.

Edmund’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Andy Murray
  • QF: David Ferrer [6]
  • SF: Denis Shapovalov [3]
  • F: Diego Schwartzman [1]

 

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[3] Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov, US Open 2017

Photo by Jon Buckle/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock | Denis Shapovalov, US Open 2017

After a bit of an inspired run last year in Queen’s Club coming through qualifying and pocing up a first round win over Kyle Edmund, it has not been quite as productive a surface as you might imagine for the flashy Canadian. So far he is searching for his first wins on the surface this season.

Shapovalov’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Jared Donaldson
  • QF: Steve Johnson [7]
  • SF: Kyle Edmund [2]
  • F: Diego Schwartzman [1]

 

[4] Marco Cecchinato

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The Italian who ousted Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros has previously only played one math on grass, losing to Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon in the first round last year. His section of the draw will probably open up.

Cecchinato’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Bye
  • R2: Andreas Seppi
  • QF: Leonardo Mayer [5]
  • SF: Diego Schwartzman [1]
  • F: Kyle Edmund [2]
The Nature Valley International takes place between 24 -30 June

 

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