• Kyle Edmund v Yoshihito Nishioka | H2H: Edmund leads 4-1 (Futures, Challenger, Qualifying)
  • Andy Murray withdraws from Cologne with pelvic injury
  • Johanna Konta withdraws from Ostrava regarding rising COVID-19 numbers
COLOGNE & OSTRAVA – Kyle Edmund is in main draw singles action this week after Andy Murray had to withdraw with injury, and Johanna Konta skips Ostrava.

 

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Kyle Edmund v Yoshihito Nishioka | H2H: Edmund leads 4-1 (Futures, Challenger, Qualifying)

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British No. 2 Kyle Edmund will want to put a lacklustre performance in Cologne last week behind him but faces a tricky opponent in Yoshihito Nishioka. The Japanese player dispatched Dan Evans in Australia and was taken to five sets by Andy Murray in the first round of the US Open, having led the former World No. 1 by two sets.

Edmund has always been a very strong player in their previous encounters, but the last time they met was five years ago, and Edmund’s trademark serve and forehand one-two-punch was enough to overpower Nishioka.

However, despite beefing up in the lockdown and looking a lot stronger during the Battle of the Brits encounters, Edmund seemed very much off the pace in his match last week against Lloyd Harris, and despite losing in two tight sets, he did not seem to have the bullish confidence we saw in the summer.

The tour restart has seen Edmund win just one match – his opener at the US Open. Nishioka has not fared much better, having picked up just one win more after Edmund had to skip the French Open with a niggling knee injury.

If the old Edmund is back, his aggressive game should be enough to overpower the more crafty Nishioka. But it might be a battle.

Prediction: Edmund in three sets.

 

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Andy Murray out of Cologne with pelvic injury flare up

 

Murray’s return to competitive play suffered another set-back with a flare-up of tendonitis of the psoas, which is a tendon joining the lower back to the top of the leg.

He lost his opening match last week to Fernando Verdasco but stressed that he wanted to use the rest of the season to get more competitive matches under his belt. There are now just four tournaments events left in the ATP Calendar for the rest of the year (Vienna, Kazakhstan, Paris Masters and Bulgaria) before the still planned Nitto ATP Finals in its last year in London.

 

Johanna Konta out of Ostrava

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British women’s No. 1 Johanna Konta withdrew from the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic die to continuing worries regarding COVID-19 levels. Konta joins a number of players who have since pulled out, which includes Roland Garros champion and finalist Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin, and Petra Kvitova.

 

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