Vienna | Edmund keeps run going
Kyle Edmund overcame Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3 7-6(3) in what was a tough contest to reach the second round of the Erste Bank in Vienna after a one hour and 21 minutes battle to continue his excellent form at the end of the season in what was his fifth consecutive win.
Edmund, who won his maiden title in Antwerp last weekend will face the veteran Fernando Verdasco in the second round.
Schwartzman, who beat Edmund comprehensively last summer in Toronto earned a break point in Edmund’s first service game, but the British No.1 saved it with a powerful service winner and went on to break the diminutive Argentine in the eight game to open up a 5-3 lead. He then held serve at love to close out the opening set.
Both players held serve throughout the second set until the tie-break which Edmund opened with a forehand winner for the early mini-break and ten followed it up with two service winners to jump into a 3-0 lead.
The 23-year-old Yorkshireman was handed four match points following a double fault from Schwartzman and converted his second chance with an ace.
In other matches Fernando Verdasco came back from one set down to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-7 6-3 6-4.
Mikhail Kukushkin saved eight of the nine break points he faced to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 4-6 6-4.
This year’s Shanghai finalist Borna Coric fought back from one set down to beat Lucas Pouille 4-6 6-0 6-4.
Marton Fucsovics rallied from losing the first set to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-3 6-2 and Gaael Monfils beat Steve Johnson 4-6 6-3 6-2