By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [2] v Radu Albot
  • Edmund leads 2-0
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – Kyle Edmund may face more of a test in his second round match against Radu Albot, after just 16 minutes on court in his first round.

 

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 Kyle Edmund [2] v Radu Albot | Edmund leads 2-0

Despite an early finish for British No. 1 Kyle Edmund as he breezed past an ailing Jiri Vesely 5-0 RET, it will have been both a welcome return to the clay, which is a surface that has suited Edmund well, and to get a win under his belt since his run to the semi-final of the Australian Open.

The combination of a hip injury sustained in Australia and then a virus saw Edmund off the court until the US spring hard court swing, but early form in Indian Wells and Miami saw him inevitably undercooked.

It was hard to tell just what form Edmund was in as he was on court against Vesely for a staggering 16 minutes before the Czech retired with illness. Meanwhile Albot came through a topsy-turvy match against Andreas Seppi, coming from a set down to win 12 out of the next 15 games to beat Andreas Seppi.

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Albot is not a stranger to this tournament. While Edmund is making his debut at the event, and Albot is defending his second round points from last year.

Still, a win is a win and it gets Edmund off the mark, and if he continues his first strike tennis, with his heavy serve and forehand combo, he should notch up another win, although Albot lists one of his favourite surfaces as clay.

The Moldovan has been used to being his country’s top ranked player, and indeed he achieved a tour career high of No. 81 in the world following his run to the Marrakech second round last year. He is also not averse to scoring a big win – he took out John Isner earlier this year to make the New York quarter-final earlier this year – so he is not a player to be under-estimated.

This should be winnable for the Brit, but he may well find himself tested by a player whose confidence is already high after notching up a three setter already. He has beaten Albot at Challenger level and once on the tour in Doha – so can he continue his unbeaten run?

Prediction: Edmund in three sets.

 

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