Washington | Edmund clears first hurdle
British No 1 Kyle Edmund, the 13th seed at the Citi Open in Washington, eased into the third round while fellow Brit, the new national No.2, Dan Evans suffered an early exit.
Edmund, who received a bye straight into the second round, needed only 69-minutes to defeat South African Lloyd Harris 6-1 6-4.
The world No 34 proved to be in a higher class that the Springbok but will find his next opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a tougher nut to crack.
Meanwhile Evans, now world ranked 51, was unable to build on his excellent run in Atlanta last week when he reached the last eight, lost nine of the last 10 games to the 77th ranked Yoshihito Nishioka from Japan to go down 6-4 6-1 in the first-round.
The 29-year-old broke Nishioka in the second game of the match but then immediately lost his serve, before his opponent consolidated his second break to serve out for the first set.
Nishioka took control with back-to-back breaks of serve early in the second set and a fifth break of serve sealed victory on his third match point after 67-minutes.
Tsonga, 34, who is currently ranked 70th, ousted Russian second seed Karen Khachanov 6-4 2-6 7-5 after one hour and 58-minutes, turning back the clock to reach the third round of the US Open hardcourt warm-up event.
I played very good tennis. Everything went OK. Just very happy to go through. It’s good to see some results for all the hard work.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Meanwhile Khachanov, revealed he is now working with former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko. “We started to train in Moscow, so that’s the preparation I’ve had with him, for 10-11 days, and then I asked him to come here as well,” the Russian said.
“We just started with him. I don’t want to make any official announcement yet. But he started to help me two weeks ago. Hopefully he can join the team.”
In other action, Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev reached the round of 16 by eliminating US wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3 6-4.
The world number 10 might face an injured rival in the third round as 40th-ranked hometown favourite Frances Tiafoe, after beating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-1 7-6(5) left the court nursing a foot injury.
“I’m very happy to return home with a win,” 16th seed Tiafoe said in a statement. “Unfortunately, at the end of my match I felt a tweak in my foot. In the interest of making sure I can play my next match to the fullest, I will be getting my foot checked out.”
In contrast, Australia’s Bernard Tomic withdrew from his opening match with a finger injury. German Peter Gojowczyk replaced him as a Lucky Loser and outlasted Russia’s Andrey Rublev 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(2).
Completing the opening round Reilly Opelka of the US beat his countryman Chris Eubanks 6-4 7-6(3); Aussie Jordan Thompson defeated Jack Sock 7-5 6-3 and Nick Kyrgios ousted Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of the US, 7-5 6-4.
Also through to round three is Marin Cilic, the sixth seed who beat Romania’s Maris Copil 7-6(4) 7-6(4).
Meanwhile in Los Cabos, Mexico, Cameron Norrie, the British No.3 world-ranked 58, got off to an excellent start by defeating Gregoire Barrere of France , 7-6(5) 6-0. His next opponent is Mikhail Kukushkin the 8th seed from Kazakhstan.