By Jed Jones
- Kyle Edmund def. Lloyd Harris 6-1, 6-4
- Edmund v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga | Tsonga leads H2H 1-0
- Yoshihito Nishioka def. Dan Evans 6-4, 6-1
WASHINGTON, USA – There were contrasting emotions for Britain’s top two players at the Citi Open. Kyle Edmund managed to book his spot into round three, but Dan Evans fell at the second hurdle.
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Kyle Edmund def. Lloyd Harris 6-1, 6-4
Competing for the first time since his Wimbledon heartbreak, Kyle Edmund displayed no signs of rust as he bulldozed his way past Lloyd Harris for the loss of just five games. The British No.1 faced just a single break point the entire match – in the opening game which he saved. After that it was one way traffic for the 24-year-old.
Prior to this year’s event, Edmund had a 1-2 record at the Citi Open, both second round exits to Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov respectively. A good showing this week could see him return into the world’s top 30.
Kyle Edmund v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga | Tsonga leads H2H 1-0
The World No.34 will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the last eight. The Frenchman came through a tight battle against second seeded Karen Khachanov 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Once again, Tsonga was using his booming forehands to break down his opponent’s defence – and Edmund will now have the difficult task of defending his backhand corner.
The two faced off earlier this year on the clay of Marrakech, where Tsonga prevailed 7-6, 6-3. If Edmund is to find a way through his next match, he is going to have to get his forehand in play as much as possible, and keep Tsonga’s out of it.
Prediction: Tsonga in three sets
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Yoshihito Nishioka def. Dan Evans 6-4, 6-1
The new British No.2 Dan Evans suffered his worst ranking loss since April at the Estoril Open. The World No.77 Yoshihito Nishioka was Evan’s conquerer in Washington and it was a lot easier than everyone expected. Nishioka, who has not been in the greatest form of late, was able to make it two victories from two against the 29-year-old.
Evans started well by breaking at the first attempt, but that would end up being his best spell of the match as his Japanese opponent won 9 of the last 10 games in emphatic fashion. Despite the result, Evans’ efforts this week should be enough to see him re-enter the top 50.
Edmund and Tsonga will play their third round match on Thursday.
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