By Jake Davies
- Kyle Edmund loses in opening round of Monte Carlo Masters
- Edmund now scheduled to play in Estoril in a couple of weeks.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Kyle Edmund‘s Monte Carlo stay ends in disappointment, with a three sets loss to Andreas Seppi.
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Andreas Seppi defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3 5-7 6-2
Kyle Edmund’s season has been quite a rollercoaster to say the least and it took a downward turn as he crashed out in the first round of the third Masters event of the season in Monte Carlo at the hands of Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
Edmund came into this opening round match with lots of matches behind him after making the final in Marrakech, but he admittedly did not have a great amount of time to prepare on the Monte Carlo practice courts with his first round match scheduled just two days after losing to Pablo Andujar on Sunday.
Edmund understandably started the match off very flat. His forehand was not as forceful as it can be and that is usually where we see his true level, when he pushes his opponent back with one single forehand. Seppi produced a steady set of tennis to win the first set. He was not producing an overwhelming or overly aggressive brand of tennis, but he was upsetting and testing Edmund’s consistency from the baseline, which definitely wavered from time to time.
Nevertheless, Edmund reacted in the second set. The Brit may not have been feeling his best or was not totally comfortable with the conditions, but he responded to the challenge, even if he was rather wasteful in regards to his break point conversion. After the second set triumph, Edmund was showing a lot more promise and had finally got his teeth into the match, which would have pleased his camp, but his level deviated way too frequently to cause enough problems in the third set, where Seppi did what he does best, giving virtually nothing away from the baseline exchanges. That frustrated an errant Edmund, who looked zapped of energy in the 3rd set.
The preparation was not ideal. The conditions definitely did not suit Edmund. A scorching day would have helped him test the baseline steadiness of Seppi that bit more as Edmund naturally has the greater weight on the ball off his forehand, but it just was not meant to be.
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What’s next for the British No. 1
It should be interesting to see where Edmund goes from here. He has had great highs this season, but if he wants to be a Top 20 regular he has to find that base level of play to drag him through back-to-back weeks. We have seen very good progress and outstanding results, but the mindset to move from a Top 25 player to a consistent Top 20 is a huge jump. Edmund is certainly is capable of that, but with three opening round losses at Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo, these are the tournaments that Edmund will definitely need to pick up the valuable ranking points at. Masters 1000 ranking points are worth their weight in gold.
Edmund now is set to play the Millennium Estoril Open. It is a tournament he has yet to hit the ground running at, but theoretically that event should really suit his game, so he could make another push at a title in Portugal at the well established ATP 250 level tournament.
The Millenium Estoril Open takes place between 30 April to 5 May.
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