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Edmund unable to finish the job in Monte Carlo

 

Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund

By Robert Jones

British No.1 Kyle Edmund suffered a collapse at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters after losing 12 of the last 13 games to fall to a 4-6 6-3 6-1 first-round defeat to Diego Schwartzman.

In a match lasting just over two hours on Court Rainier III in Monaco, Schwartzman fought back in the second set as he won nine consecutive games to turn the match around.

Edmund, who was knocked out of last week's Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the second round stage, took the first set in 50 minutes against his Argentinian opponent, clinching it 6-4 in the 10th game against serve.

The 17th-seeded Brit raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set but Schwartzman hit back to level matters at 3-3 before going on to claim it 6-3.

The Argentine continued to dominate as he won the first three games of the third set before Edmund briefly stopped the rot to make it 3-1, but Schwartzman won the next three games.

Next up for Schwartzman is a tie with the winner of the match between Tsonga and Taylor Fritz.

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