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  • Kyle Edmund def. Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3
  • Kyle Edmund v Diego Schwartzman [14] | Schwartzman leads 2-1 (2-2 incl. Challenger Level)
  • Edmund snapped an eight-match losing streak
PARIS, FRANCE – Kyle Edmund showed a marked improvement as he powered past Ricardas Berankis to face No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman in the second round.

 

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Kyle Edmund def. Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3

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It was a win at last for Kyle Edmund as he stopped a run of eight losses in a row with a straight sets victory over Ricardas Berankis in the first round of the ATP Paris Masters 1000.

In the last big-pointer of the season, and with perhaps a faint hope of pipping Cameron Norrie to the post for the last Davis Cup spot, Edmund looked to be back to the kind of form that saw him as a regular fixture in the Top 20, thundering away off both wings and serving solidly.

The match had a competitive start, and Edmund deflected Berankis’ first break point chance. The Lithuanian gave Edmund a battle as he fought to break his serve for the set, saving three set points before Edmund finally converted on his fourth for the lead.

From there it proved to be plain sailing as Edmund swiftly built up a 5-1 lead, with just a momentary wobble when serving for the set the first time, making no mistakes the second time around with a serve to love for the match.

 

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Kyle Edmund v Diego Schwartzman [14] | Schwartzman leads 2-1 (2-2 incl. Challenger Level)

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Edmund’s previous encounters with Diego Schwartzman sees them swapping the wins, so by that reasoning, it is Edmund’s turn for the win!

His performance in his last two matches (despite losing to Matteo Berrettini) saw a lot more positive play and indeed body language, and many of the UK papers are reporting that Edmund us trialling a collaboration with Franco Davin this week in Paris, with a view to securing a new coach for next season.

There is still even a slim hope of Davis Cup duty on the horizon as GB team captain Leon Smith had wanted to review the indoor performances of both Edmund and Norrie this week, before making his final choice.

Schwartzman comes in with a run to the Vienna final, and some very good indoor hard-court form, and so is undoubtedly the favourite. Being on the diminutive side, Schwartzman has an exceptional return and will look to nullify the effect of the Edmund serve, and he moves very well around the court, again to combat power with fleetness and precision.

Prediction: Schwartzman in three sets.

Edmund & Schwartzman are scheduled on Court 1, not before 5pm (4pm GMT).

 

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