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Edmund vs Verdasco ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Edmund attempts to end four-match losing streak

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 May 2019
  • Kyle Edmund vs Fernando Verdasco is live from Rome on Monday, 13 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • Verdasco won their only previous meeting in Vienna last season
Kyle Edmund (PA Sport)

British No. 1, Kyle Edmund attempts to end a four-match losing streak when he takes on Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Rome Masters on Monday.

Edmund has not won a match since the 8th of April, when he defeated Ugo Humbert in his Marrakech opener. He fell in the next round of that tournament to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before suffering consecutive opening round losses in Monte Carlo, Munich and Madrid to Diego Schwartzman, Denis Kudla and Fabio Fognini respectively. The 25-year-old has now lost five opening round matches this season, and is just 5-7 for the year at tour level.

Expectations would have been high at the start of the season following his breakthrough 2018, when he claimed his maiden tour-level title in Antwerp, produced his best Grand Slam performance with a semi-final run at the Australian Open, and broke into the world’s top 15, but it’s been a real struggle for Edmund this year, and he currently finds himself outside the top-20.

Edmund began the season with back-to-back first round losses in Brisbane and the Australian Open, where he was bothered by a knee problem that had emerged towards the end of last season, and forced him to miss the 2018 Paris Masters. The Brit did not play again until the end of February, pulling out of scheduled appearances in Marseille and Rotterdam, but he made an encouraging comeback, winning the Indian Wells Challenger on his return to the sport.

He showed decent form at the Masters 1000 meets at Indian Wells and Miami, reaching the fourth round at both events, before losing to the respective defending champions, Roger Federer and John Isner- absolutely no shame in that- but his form has regressed on clay, where he is now 1-4 for the season. His poor clay-court form has come as a bit of a surprise, as Edmund is quite decent on this surface. He reached his maiden tour-level final on the clay of Marrakech last season, while he also made the quarter finals in Madrid, and the third round in Roland Garros and Rome. Can he snap out of his current poor run of results and put together a run in Rome? It will not be easy, as he takes on the always dangerous Fernando Verdasco in the first round on Monday.

Verdasco is coming off a decent third-round showing in Madrid, where he defeated Radu Albot and Karen Khachanov before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. That was just the third time this season that he had put together consecutive wins in a single tournament, with the other meets being the Australian Open, where he made the third round, and a quarter final run in Sofia. He fell at the first hurdles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, while he went just one step further in Doha, Rotterdam, Marseille, Dubai and Barcelona.

Verdasco is looking to avoid successive first round defeats in Rome, having lost to Damir Dzumhur at the same stage last season. The 35-year-old had his fair share of early losses last year, but he was not without his moments, as he reached an ATP 500 final in Rio, where he defeated Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini before falling to Diego Schwartzman in the title match. The left-hander also made semi-finals in Vienna, Shenzhen and Bastad, and reached the fourth round at Roland Garros. The former world No. 7 peaked at No. 27 last year, and ended the season at 28th- his first top-30 finish since 2012- but he has since drifted outside the top-30, and goes into the Rome Masters at No. 38 in the world.

Verdasco’s best efforts in Rome was a semi-final in 2010, while he made a couple of quarter finals in 2005 and 2009, but he has not gone past the second round since that 2010 semi-final. Can he produce another decent run this year? 

Given the form of his first-round opponent, Kyle Edmund, he will like his chances of at least reaching the second round! Verdasco also has a winning record over Edmund, beating the Brit in their only previous meeting in Vienna last season. It’s a match-up that should also favour the Spaniard, as his leftie serve and cross-court forehand goes into Edmund’s weaker backhand. 

Despite being the lower-ranked player, there are quite a few factors working in Verdasco’s favour as I like his chances of taking down an out-of-sorts Edmund at the Foro Italico on Monday.

Kyle Edmund vs Fernando Verdasco is live from Rome on Monday, 13 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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Edmund vs Verdasco ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Edmund attempts to end four-match losing streak

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