Matthew Ebden remains positive despite fifth consecutive loss

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Matthew Ebden remains positive despite fifth consecutive loss

Australian tennis player Matthew Ebden picked up a fifth consecutive loss this grass season after losing in the Wimbledon first round but he remained positive as he said he is "building it up slowly." The Australian couldn't surprise world No.

24 Diego Schwartzman on Tuesday as the 24th-seeded Argentine claimed a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 win to set up a second round meeting against wildcard Dominik Koepfer. World No. 95 Ebden kicked off his grass season at the Surbiton Challenger -- where he made the quarterfinal before losing to Romania's Marius Copil.

Former world No. 39 Ebden hasn't won a match since Surbiton as he picked up first round exits in 's-Hertogenbosch, Halle, Antalya and Wimbledon. "To be honest, two months ago I didn’t know if I would be playing the grass-court season at all.

I missed three months of the season with injury. It obviously hindered my preparations and training for the last few months. Haven’t been able to work as much on the movement or the physical side as much as I would have liked, but I’m building it up slowly”.