Rising star Kyle Edmund had a bit of difficulties adjusting to the Rome conditions during his opener at the Italian Masters 1000 event. Edmund, 23, survived a scare as he edged world No. 64 Malek Jaziri on Monday 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The Briton flew to Rome from Madrid -- where he made the quarter-finals last week. Edmund reached his career-high ranking of No. 19 in the world following his Madrid Masters quarter-final showing. Edmund would have been heavily disappointed had he lost his opener in Rome and failed to continue his fine form.
"I had to work hard for the match," Edmund said post-match. "It's just different coming from Madrid, it's one extreme to the other in the conditions. The ball flies there, whereas it's tough to get cheap points here, because it’s so heavy.
In the second set I was giving him too many second serves. I knew I had to step up a bit and turn the momentum my way again." A tough second round matchup could be the case for Edmund. The Briton now awaits the winner of the match between No.
16 seed Lucas Pouille and Italian Andreas Seppi. A good result in Rome could help Edmund reach his new career-high ranking in back-to-back weeks as he lost in Rome round two last year. Also read: John Millman in great spirits as he looks forward to French Open