|Australian Open 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January|
|Coverage: Daily stay commentaries on the BBC Sport web site, hearken to Tennis Breakfast every day from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 stay sports activities further and watch highlights on BBC TV and on-line from 19 January.|
British males’s primary Kyle Edmund is out of the Australian Open after a disappointing 6-Three 6-Zero 7-5 first-round loss to Tomas Berdych.
The 24-year-old, a semi-finalist final year, appeared heavy-legged within the heat against the Czech who seemed again to his finest after an injury-hit 2018.
Edmund solely managed one break level against the Berdych serve all match.
Elsewhere, compatriot Dan Evans received his first Grand Slam match since his return from a medicine ban.
The 28-year-old beat fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito 7-5 6-1 7-6 (10-8) of Japan, throwing his racquet in pleasure on the finish.
Evans returned from a one-year ban in April 2018 after testing constructive for cocaine throughout 2017’s Barcelona Open.
“Winning matches are issues I’ve missed,” Evans advised BBC Radio 5 stay sports activities further.
“After the event I’ll look again. I’m trying ahead to getting on the market again.
“I actually take pleasure in Melbourne and I felt fairly snug as we speak. It was sizzling on the market, however was cooling down in direction of the tip.”
Evans could face Roger Federer subsequent if the 20-time Grand Slam champion can overcome Denis Istomin.
“The final time I performed Roger was a little bit of a blur,” Evans mentioned of his solely encounter against Federer, at Wimbledon in 2016, which he lost 6-Four 6-2 6-2.
“He’s the best of all time and it was my first time on Centre Court.”
Andy Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, faces world quantity 22 Roberto Bautista Agut in what could be his final match.
The three-time Grand Slam winner has mentioned he’s “nonetheless in a variety of ache” following hip surgical procedure final January and can’t play to his outdated degree.
Edmund fails at first hurdle
Edmund changed Murray as British primary final March after a great begin to 2018 when he reached his first Grand Slam semi-final.
The Briton got here into Monday’s match having lost his solely match in 2019. He was up against an opponent who had fallen to world quantity 57 after accidents, however had not too long ago reached the final in Doha.
Edmund’s began poorly when he was damaged within the second game of the first set, before a wholly forgettable second set the place he received solely 40% of factors on his first serve and managed solely three winners.
The Briton received his opening service game of the third set, which appeared to present him confidence, and had set level within the 10th game. However, he failed to transform his likelihood, firing a volley large.
The world quantity 14 was damaged again within the subsequent game before Berdych served out for the match.
Edmund’s rating will drop considerably after this event as he loses the factors earned in Melbourne final year.