• Kyle Edmund v Lloyd Harris [Q]
  • Andy Murray [WC] v Fernando Verdasco
COLOGNE, GERMANY – Despite an early exit in Paris, Andy Murray is back in action, and Kyle Edmund comes back from a knee injury.

 

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Kyle Edmund v Lloyd Harris [Q] | H2H: Edmund leads 2-0

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A late withdrawal from Roland Garros sees Kyle Edmund return to action for the first time since his first-round exit in Rome.

He will face Lloyd Harris, who has already got some matches under his belt here in Cologne and will be coming in match-tight having played throughout the tour restart.

The South African has a decent serve and plays an aggressive game and likes to come forward, and over the last year or so he has put in a lot of work on improving his mental game, so Edmund cannot expect him to simply go away, should he get off to a solid start.

Edmund’s own aggressive game, together with the beefed-up conditioning he did during lockdown would make him an easy favourite but the concern now is whether his knee has recovered enough.

The indoor conditions, if he is fit, should see Edmund go through.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets.

 

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Andy Murray [WC] v Fernando Verdasco | H2H: Murray leads 13-4

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It was touted as one of the match-ups of the first rounds of Roland Garros, but an in-form Stan Wawrinka romped past the returning Andy Murray.

Fernando Verdasco has got the better of Murray in their last two encounters in 2018, and we will get a chance to see if Murray can find that match-sharpness he was clearly missing in Paris.

The Spaniard, who has been known to grab defeat from the jaws of victory, has a devil forehand that plays into his offensive base-line game and as a tricky leftie, he will be giving Murray a lot of slice to deal with, and spin.

Murray has admitted he cannot change his game to shorten points maybe for self-preservation, so a lot will depend on how fit he feels, and whether he can start picking up on the match-fitness he clearly needs to keep his game improving.

Prediction: Murray in three sets.

Edmund & Harris are scheduled on Centre Court not before 5:30pm (4:30pm BST), followed by Murray & Verdasco.

 

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