By Ros Satar
- Diego Schwartzman def. Kyle Edmund  4-6 6-3 6-1
- Cameron Norrie v Adrian Mannarino | H2H: Norrie leads 1-0
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – Cameron Norrie will hope to make more of a mark on his Monte Carlo debit, as British No. 1 Kyle Edmund loses from a set and break up.
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Diego Schwartzman def. Kyle Edmund  4-6 6-3 6-1
With a powerful game, you could be forgiven for thinking that the terre battue would not necessarily fall well for Kyle Edmund, but in the past, he has mastered the dirt and moulded it to work well with his serve and forehand combination, with all the time in the world on the ball.
However, he was undone in the opening round of ATP Monte Carlo by Diego Schwartzman, despite having been a set and a break up. In fairness, Schwartzman showed his mettle, breaking Edmund in his opening service game, but was immediately pegged back, with the pair trading a brace of breaks just a couple of games later.
Edmund was forced to save a couple more break points before breaking once more to take the set. It looked as though everything was going swimmingly as he quickly jumped out to a 3-0 in the second set, but once it started to unravel for the Brit, he became little more than a spectator.
Schwartzman took advantage of a poor game from Edmund to ease his way back into the match, winning no less than nine games on the spin while Edmund’s serve was beginning to let him down, and the errors started to rack it up.
There was a brief respite as Edmund got on the board to stop the rot, but missed out on a chance to ease himself even further into contention, eventually losing 12 of 13 games, as Schwartzman came back from a set down to win for the third time this year.
It is an extremely disappointing loss for the British No. 1 who is next slated to play in Munich.
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Cameron Norrie v Adrian Mannarino | H2H: Norrie leads 1-0
British No. 2 Cameron Norrie will make his Monte Carlo debut, and after his heroics on a surface he had barely played on in Spain for the Davis Cup, had we found a new clay court hero?
Not really, if his performance in the Latin American Golden Swing is anything to go buy with just a couple of wins to his name – but at least he has got some dirt on his shoes this year, while Mannarino will be playing in his first clay court tournament after what has looked like a bit of a lacklustre start to his year.
Mannarino did not get a win to his name this year until Delray Beach, while Norrie made his maiden final in Auckland at the start of the year, and reached the semi-final in Acapulco, but has hit the skids a little since then.
He has had three straight opening defeats and is possibly a little short on confidence. With just a couple of places in the rankings separating him from the Frenchman, it is a chance to show his temperament for the bigger picture. Norrie does a little bit of everything, and he will come up against a Frenchman with a lot of flair on his day, but often ca be just as much of a liability as much as he has variety.
However, Mannarino might well make hay while the Monaco sun shines while Norrie tries to get some form back.
Prediction: Mannarino in three sets.
Norrie & Mannarino are scheduled on Court 9 at 11am (10am BST).
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