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I won't be fazed by the antics of bad boy Fognini, says Kyle Edmund

 

By Andy Sims

Kyle Edmund has vowed not to let the antics of French Open third-round opponent Fabio Fognini distract him from the task at hand.

British number one Edmund is attempting to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time in his career.

Standing in the way of the 16th seed is Italian Fognini, a player renowned for his volatile temper who was thrown out of last year's US Open for shouting obscenities at a female umpire.

But Fognini, seeded 18, is also a clay-court specialist who has beaten none other than 10-time Paris champion Rafael Nadal on three occasions.

Edmund has never played the 31-year-old before, but he said: "You just know what he's like from watching matches.

"You know he's an emotional type of player, that's just the way he is as a personality.

"But the tour is aware of all players and what their attitudes are like or the way they go about things.

"That's the way he operates, but that doesn't necessarily make a difference in terms of your thought process. You've still got to go in and do your thing.

"In terms of his game style he's very happy with the ball in, he likes to build points.

"He plays a very good clay-court game, he likes to have time behind the baseline, he doesn't hug it too much. But he plays with a lot of shape and spin and when the ball is short he moves up, and I think he has pretty easy power on the clay.

"So it will be one of those where you do problem-solving on the court, so when you get on the court, you always learn from there.

"It's different watching video. You can only really get a proper sense when you step on the court and see him play. So I think that would be probably be similar for both of us.

"But, yes, he's a good player coming on the clay court and you've just got to be ready to go and then give it your best."

Edmund is the last British player left in the singles after Cameron Norrie lost to Lucas Pouille and Heather Watson was beaten by Elise Mertens.

After beating Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 6-0 1-6 6-2 6-3 he said: "The second set is something to learn from but I'm happy to come through.

"When I'm playing at my best it's very good but I can't play like that the whole time. When I'm not playing my best, I have to find a way to win. This year I've done that a lot better."

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