Monaco | Edmund falls in opener
Kyle Edmund made a disappointing appearance at the Monte Carlo Masters by going down in three sets to qualifier Andreas Seppi in his opening match having, the previous weekend, graced the Marrakech final.
I had some chances but just didn’t take them, and at the high levels you have to take those sort of things. Kyle Edund
He obviously had little time to prepare for his match though he did show he could inflict damage on experienced clay-courters by levelling the match before collapsing in the decider where he faded, handing his Italian opponent a 6-3 5-7 6-2 victory.
“What you want is to control things you have in your power,” a disappointed Edmund said later. “I just didn’t do that well enough today. He was pretty solid. I wasn’t too far off, but sometimes it was really up and down, which was probably the most frustrating thing. I had some chances but just didn’t take them, and at the high levels you have to take those sort of things. I would have liked to really hammer home those situations. I guess that’s what cost me today.”
The match was played on Court 9, one of the smallest courts on the plush complex and it certainly didn’t suit the British No.1, now at his highest word ranking of 23, who quickly found himself 1-4 down in the opening set.
Throughout the match, Seppi basically controlled the ebb and flow with his superior technique saving nine of the 11 break points he faced.