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Edmund vs Leonardo Mayer ATP Winston-Salem Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Edmund opens Winston-Salem campaign against dangerous Mayer

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 21 Aug 2018
  • Kyle Edmund vs Leonardo Mayer is live from Winston-Salem on Tuesday, 21 August from 5:30pm local time/ 10:30pm BST
  • Edmund and Mayer meet for the first time
Kyle Edmund (Photo by: Getty Images)

British number one, Kyle Edmund concludes his preparations for the US Open at this week Winston-Salem Open, where he faces a difficult start against Argentine, Leonardo Mayer on Tuesday.

Edmund has not been in the best of forms lately- he is yet to win consecutive matches since Wimbledon- suffering opening round defeats Washington and Toronto, before falling to Denis Shapovalov in the second round in Cincinnati. In fact, he has made just one quarter final in his last eight tournaments.

The Brit continues to be ranked inside the world’s top 20, but he owes a lot of that to a trio of outstanding results in the opening half of the year. Edmund reached his first major semi-final at the Australian Open, while he had a couple of very good tournaments on clay- a runner-up finish in Marrakech and a maiden Masters 1000 quarter final in Madrid. He finished off his clay court season by reaching the third round at Roland Garros, while he never truly got going on grass, winning just one round each at Queen’s and Eastbourne, before falling to Novak Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon.

Edmund lost to Andy Murray in the opening round of the Citi Open in Washington as the season shifted back to the North American hard courts, before being blown away by Diego Schwartzman in the Rogers Cup in Toronto. He finally got his first win of the swing in Cincinnati, beating Mackenzie McDonald, but he was halted by Denis Shapovalov in the next round. Can he finally get something going in Winston-Salem?

Edmund is defending semi-final points this week, and he begins his campaign against the very dangerous Leonardo Mayer on Tuesday.

Unlike Edmund, Mayer didn’t have the luxury of a first-round bye; and needed to get past Yuichi Sugita to set up Tuesday’s meeting. 

The Argentine sent down 12 aces against Sugita, dropped just four points on his first serve, and converted 61% of second serve in a strong serving performance. He also saved all three break points he faced. Mayer scored an early break to move 2-0 up, and he maintained that advantage through the opening set. The second set was a lot closer, with neither man able to carve out a break, but Mayer dominated the tie break, winning five of the last seven points to close out the win after an hour and a half.

Mayer is coming off a decent run in Cincinnati, which featured victories over Michael Moore and more impressively, Lucas Pouille. He took Roger Federer to a second-set tie break in the third round, but ultimately fell 6-1 7-6 to the great Swiss. His more productive surface remains clay, but with his strong serving and forehand, he retains a danger on hard courts, like he showed earlier in the season at Indian Wells, where he reached the fourth round before falling to Juan Martin del Potro in three sets. 

His best result of the season however, was on the clay of Hamburg, where he reached the final. Mayer also contested quarter finals in Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo, and got to the third round in Madrid in the other notable results of his season. The Argentine possesses a career-high ranking of 21st, attained in 2015, but he spent time away from the sport due to injuries, and his ranking suffered as a consequence. He sank as low at 154th in the middle of last season, but he has done well to re-establish himself in the top 50. The world number 41 may not have had the most eye-catching of campaigns, but he has done enough to hover in around that top-50 mark, peaking at No. 36 in June.

Tuesday’s encounter with Edmund will be the first meeting between the pair, as they go head-to-head for a ticket to the third round. Mayer has picked up a handful of useful wins over the last week or so, which puts him in a very good place heading into Tuesday’s match with Edmund. Plus, he has got the shots to hurt the Brit. Not that Edmund doesn’t possess weapons of his own, his forehand remains one of the most fearsome in the sport, but he has been short of wins in recent weeks, and I’d say the No. 3 seed is an upset candidate on Tuesday!

Kyle Edmund vs Leonardo Mayer is live from Winston-Salem on Tuesday, 21 August from 5:30pm local time/ 10:30pm BST


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Edmund vs Leonardo Mayer ATP Winston-Salem Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Edmund opens Winston-Salem campaign against dangerous Mayer

Kyle Edmund begins his Winston-Salem campaign on Tuesday, when he takes on Argentine, Leonardo Mayer. Can the British No. 1 survive this tough opener? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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