By Ros Satar

  • Kyle Edmund [5] v Denis Kudla
MUNICH, GERMANY – Kyle Edmund makes his debut in Munich as he looks to find some much needed form on a surface he enjoys.

 

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Kyle Edmund [5] v Denis Kudla | First meeting

It has been a strange year for the British No. 1 Kyle Edmund. Struggling with illness and injury at the start of the year, and parting company with his inspirational coach Fredrik Rosengren after he chose to retire, it looked as though Edmund was on his way back, going on a 7-win unbeaten streak by winning he Indian Wells Challenger, and then reaching the third round of the the BNP Paribas Open the next week.

Miami was also a third round run but since then, on his more favoured surface, it has been a different story. He lost out to a hard-hitting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Marrakech, where he was trying to recreate the run to his first ever ATP Tour final, and lost in the first round of Monte Carlo.

He will face Denis Kudla, whose reputation for fitness will mean perhaps a gruelling encounter. Kudla plays primarily a counter-punching style but has in the past put a fair bit of work into improving his serve and plays with a fair bit of aggression.

Edmund will have to expect to be pulled around the court a lot, but his own serve and forehand one-two combo has become a weapon to be feared, especially on the clay where the surface allows the ball to sit up high, right in his striking zone.

Of course, a first time meeting always poses challenges, but Edmund should at least make a solid start here. It is a challenging draw with some solid clay courters in his section of the draw, and it will be a hectic run in to Roland Garros for the Brit with Madrid and Rome coming up straight after.

Prediction: Edmund in straight sets.

 

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