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Edmund vs Schwartzman ATP Monte-Carlo live streaming, preview and tips - Edmund and Schwartzman clash in tough opening round

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 15 Apr 2019
  • Kyle Edmund vs Diego Schwartzman is live from Monte-Carlo around 3.30pm local time on Monday (2.30pm BST)
  • Their tour-level head-to-head is locked at 1-1
Kyle Edmund (PA Images)

Kyle Edmund and Diego Schwartzman clash for the first time on clay when they square off in the opening round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Monday.

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It will be World No. 22 up against World No. 24 in the first round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Monday as Kyle Edmund and Diego Schwartzman look to launch their European clay seasons with a victory.

However, while Monte-Carlo traditionally marks the start of the European clay season, both players have already played on clay in other parts of the world this year. Edmund competed at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech last week, a tournament where he finished runner-up at last season, but this time he was handed a tough draw and ultimately eliminated in the second round at the hands of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Schwartzman meanwhile took part in the Latin America ‘Golden Swing’ in February, reaching the quarter-finals of Cordoba before finishing runner-up in Buenos Aires against French Open semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato.

Edmund is looking to build some momentum after a tough start to the season in which an elbow injury contributed to him going winless in January and forcing him onto the sidelines for the better part of two months. The Brit returned in the Californian desert and subsequently won the Indian Wells Challenger title before going on to make the Round of 16 at the ensuing Masters 1000 event, beating Radu Albot and Nicolas Jarry before going down to Roger Federer. Edmund would also fall to another eventual finalist in the R16 in his next tournament in Miami, losing in two tiebreaks to John Isner.

The 24-year-old has slipped out of the top 20 this season after failing to defend his Australian Open semi-final points, which was a springboard for a tremendous 2018 campaign as Edmund also won his first ATP World Tour title in Antwerp and made Masters 1000 quarter-finals in Madrid (where he beat Novak Djokovic along the way) and Shanghai to hit a career-high ranking of No. 14. Edmund has only won one match in two previous Monte-Carlo Masters appearances - can he double that tally on Monday?


Schwartzman was a Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finalist back in 2017 and has strong clay court credentials, winning two ATP titles on the surface in Istanbul and the 500-level Rio Open, while he was also a French Open quarter-finalist last year, beating Borna  Coric and coming back from two sets down to edge out Kevin Anderson before becoming the only man to take a set off eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the tournament.

The Argentine first broke into the top 50 in 2017 when he made his first Masters 1000 and Grand Slam quarter-finals in Canada and the U.S. Open, and ever since, he’s been a mainstay around the 15-30 mark in the rankings, reaching a career-high of No. 11 last year after those aforementioned clay exploits at the Rio Open and Roland Garros, while he was also a quarter-finalist in Hamburg and a semi-finalist in Antwerp. However, Schwartzman is an average 10-8 for this season and dropped to No. 26 in the world last month (has since moved up to No. 24), which was his lowest ranking in two years.

This is a very tough match-up to predict. The pair are split at 1-1 in tour-level head-to-head meetings, with Edmund winning their last clash in Vienna in 2018, while Schwartzman prevailed easily at the Canada Masters, with both encounters coming on hardcourt. Schwartzman does his best work on clay, but Edmund is also a great player on the dirt, with the surface and high bounce giving him time to prepare his big forehand. This is as 50-50 as they come, but I think Schwartzman might have a slight edge with his more consistent game and willingness to engage in a war of attrition from the baseline.


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Edmund vs Schwartzman ATP Monte-Carlo live streaming, preview and tips - Edmund and Schwartzman clash in tough opening round

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