By Ros Satar at the Nature Valley International, Eastbourne
- Dan Evans [WC] v Pierre-Hugues Herbert | Herbert leads h2H 1-0
- Kyle Edmund  v Cameron Norrie | First meeting
EASTBOURNE, UK – Plenty of British action going in the men’s singles as Dan Evans takes on Pierre-Hugues Herbert, while we have an all-brit clash between Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund.
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Dan Evans [WC] v Pierre-Hugues Herbert | Herbert leads H2H 1-0
It continues to be a busy grass court schedule for Dan Evans as he negotiated Moldova’s Radu Albot to book his place in the second round. Having lost out to Albot earlier in the year as the pair both were targeting a maiden ATP Tour title, it was a pleasing encounter for Evans, who handled Albot well, but admitted that the Moldovan can be quite tricky.
“That court is pretty slow, so he was difficult. He made a lot of balls. He’s obviously very quick. You know, it was a good match, I thought. I thought I played pretty good. His serve is pretty deceptive, as well, on a grass court. It comes through so it makes it a little more difficult.”
Next up for Evans is soon-to-be Andy Murray’s doubles partner for Wimbledon, Pierre-Hugues Herbert. That fact has proved a little contentious for the Frenchman – his previous partner Nicolas Mahut tersely refused to answer questions about this, with their successful partnership having been shelved so that Herbert could concentrate on his singles.
Herbert brings deceptively strong serving and great technique to the courts and with his doubles prowess and Evans can expect to be moved around a lot. While Evans really does come into his own on this surface and does decent enough damage with his slice backhand, perhaps the Frenchman will have a little too much for Evans.
Prediction: Herbert in three sets
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Kyle Edmund  v Cameron Norrie | First meeting
Edmund has been on the wrong side of the results in seven of his last eight matches, and while this is very much the nature of tennis, the current British No. 1 is in danger of being caught by Norrie and indeed maybe Evans if he cannot turn around his results.
Coming into the second round with the benefit of a bye, he will not have had much chance to get his feet grass-ready with only his losing outing at Queen’s on the green stuff to date. Norrie also started his grass court run at Queen’s and adds his win against Chardy to that tally.
The big serving, one-two punch combo of Edmund should work well on these slightly slower courts at Eastbourne, giving him a little more time on the ball to bury winners deep in the court.
Norrie is taking a more relaxed approach to the grass but could still give Edmund a solid work out, and of course whichever way this goes we will have British interest into the quarter-finals.
Prediction: Kyle Edmund in three sets
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