By Ros Satar, in Indian Wells

  • Kyle Edmund [22] v Nicolas Jarry
  • H2H: Edmund leads 1-0
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA – Kyle Edmund will hope his win at the Indian Wells Challenger last week will set him up for a winning start at the main show.

 

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Kyle Edmund [22] v Nicolas Jarry | H2H: Edmund leads 1-0

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After the highs of last season, starting the year with a run to his Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, and capping the season with his maiden title, 2019 has been a stark reminder for Kyle Edmund that tennis can throw up all kinds of weird bounces.

The news that his coach Fredrik Rosengren was going to retire was a body blow for the Yorkshireman, who said as he announced the departure: “You’ve been an integral part of the team over the last year and a half. Together we’ve reached a top 15 ranking, Grand Slam semi-final and won a title in Antwerp in October. I will be forever grateful, enjoy retirement.”

A knee injury kept Edmund off the tour and looking for his first match wins of the season as he dropped down into the ATP Challenger tour level event held at Indian Wells the week before the tournament.

With it came his first back to back wins this year, and a sixth ATP Challenger title, beating Andrey Rublev in the final. Quite aside from the fact he has a leading head to head over Nicolas Jarry, the Chilean has had a struggle this season too with no back to back wins on the tour.

That being said, he came through a tough battle against home crowd favourite Frances Tiafoe to book his spot against Edmund, on surprisingly his debut at Indian Wells.

Despite calling time on his season early last year, and flying solo for now, Edmund’s run last week has got him acclimated to the gritty courts that have a tendency to play slowly. Time on the ball to unleash a big forehand suits Edmund’s game well, as he comes up against Jarry’s big serving and equally aggressive game.

Both will expect to get plenty of free points on their serve, and we can expect jarry to want to come in a little for some serve-volley action. It will be a good test of Edmund’s variety, but the edge has to go to the Brit here, with a lot more match-form coming into the second round.

Prediction: Kyle Edmund in straight sets.

Edmund and Jarry are scheduled first on Stadium 4 at 11am (6pm GMT).

 

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