By Niall Clarke
- Kyle Edmund faces Damien Dzumhur in round one of the Australian Open
- Head to head: 0-0
- The winner faces David Goffin or Sergiy Stakhovsky
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA- Kyle Edmund will face Damir Dzumhur in the opening round when the Australian Open kicks off on Monday.
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The British number three, ranked seven places below his opponent, is scheduled on court 10 at 11:00 local time (0:00 GMT).
The 21 year old is making his second main draw appearance in Melbourne after making his debut in 2015. He came through qualifying but ultimately lost in the opening round to America’s Steve Johnson who entertains Aljaz Bedene in the first round this year.
Edmund was in impressive form in Doha where he came through qualifying to make the quarter finals. The Brit found Tomas Berdych to be too good that day but he will hope to carry his form into the first grand slam of the year.
The Yorkshireman has never face Dzumhur before and he is not to under estimate him. The Bosnian is a solid player but does not possess many major weapons. The biggest weapon of the match will no doubt be Edmund’s heavy forehand which has potential to be one of the most dangerous in the game.
If the Brit makes it through his opening test, he will fancy another crack at David Goffin in the second round. British fans will remember the Davis Cup final rubber these two played last year where Edmund squandered a two set lead to lose in five.
Despite the crushing loss, Edmund proved that he has the game to beat Goffin in the opening two sets and will fancy another shot at the 15th seed. But first he must turn his attention to Dzumhur who awaits in the first round.
It is an action packed day in the men’s draw on the opening day. World number one Novak Djokovic will be in action on Rod Laver Arena against Hyeon Chung. He will immediately followed by third seed Roger Federer who plays Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Perhaps the pick of the opening round matches takes place on Hisense Arena where Kei Nishikori faces Phillip Kohlschreiber first up. Closing proceedings on Margaret Court Arena is a battle between two former finalists as Jo Wilfried Tsonga battles Marcos Baghdatis.
Edmund and Dzumhur are scheduled on court 10 at 11am local time. (0:00 GMT)
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