Edmund defeated by Garcia-Lopez in Bucharest


By Niall Clarke

  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3,6-3
  • The match was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was delayed by rain

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA- Kyle Edmund is out of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy after suffering a straight sets defeat to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The second round contest was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, but the match was moved to Thursday due to the downpour of rain in the Romanian capital.

When they eventually stepped on court, the defending champion proved too savvy for the 21 year old and claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory in an hour and 22 minutes.

The British number three showed good form when he dispatched Lukas Rosol on Monday, but Garcia-Lopez is a more efficient clay courter. The Spaniard won the title here last year and famously defeated Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in 2014.

The world number 37 went to work early on the Edmund serve, earning break point in the opening game of the match. The Brit fended off the break point but was unable to hold serve two games later. The Spaniard broke the Edmund serve again to take the first set 6-3.

Garcia-Lopez pilled more pressure on the Edmund serve at the start of the second set but in marathon game, the Yorkshireman managed to hold. Edmund enjoyed his best spell of the match in the middle of the second set where he was not trouble on serve. However at 4-3, Garcia-Lopez was able  to break for a third time before serving it for a straight sets victory.

The Spaniard will move on to face Gaudio Pella on Friday. The Argentine enjoyed a victory of his own against a Spaniard earlier in the day as he defeated Daniel Gimeno Traver in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Elsewhere there were victories for Lucas Pouille, Robin Haase, Fernando Verdasco, Paolo Lorenzi,and. Federico Delbonis

In Barcelona, Rafael Nadal continued his good run of form as he defeated compatriot Albert Montanes in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Italy’s Fabio Fognini was also victorious over Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2.