Kyle Edmund defeated Dan Evan to earn a second-round showdown with Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Kyle Edmund’s outing with Dan Evan was a huge success. A massive victory was recorded on his name as he defeated Evan. Edmund won 12 of the last 14 games which means he will be out to battle with Monte Carlo Master Nadal in the last 32.
The nine-time champion is seeded fourth as he chases his own La Decima on the French Riviera, while the British No 3 has lost all nine of his career meetings against top-10 players.
Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov were spotted amidst of the crowd to watch the battle between the Duo. Evans striking first as a nervous Edmund began with a couple of double faults and it was the 26-year-old who looked more comfortable.
Edmund won their only previous meeting, a 6-3 6-2 victory in the final of the Dallas Challenger Tour last year, but having broken straight back the younger of the two Brits saw Evans break for a second successive game as reported by the English media.
Evans held his own serve to consolidate and seal up the early lead and sensing Edmund’s unease at the net, used the drop shot to telling effect, breaking 22-year-old Edmund for the third time to cruise into a 4-1 lead.
Edmund clawed the first of the double breaks back immediately, unloading with a couple of big forehands for a fifth break from the opening six games of the match before holding serve for the first time.
Hence, at the final round, Edmund’s performance was in high gear, the pressure became outstanding and it was beyond Evan’s resistance. Thus, the 22-year old starlet cemented his victory over Evan and this will bring him face to face with Monte Carlo Master Rafael Nadal in the last 32.