Kyle Edmund in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, ATP Monte Carlo 2018
Kyle Edmund in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, ATP Monte Carlo 2018 | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Roland Garros 2018 | Greater expectations await Edmund ahead of his French Open campaign

By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund [16] vs Alex de Minaur
  • Leads H2H 1-0
PARIS, FRANCE – Kyle Edmund kick-starts his Roland-Garros campaign against Alex de Minaur as he sets his sights on a successful fortnight at the second major of the season.




Kyle Edmund [16] vs Alex de Minaur | H2H: Edmund leads 1-0

Kyle Edmund goes into the French Open with renewed belief, but ultimately a greater expectation on his shoulders as he enters his first Grand Slam as the new British No.1. It is safe to say that the man from Yorkshire has handled that title of being British No.1 very well and has played some of his most impressive level of tennis since returning to the clay court swing in 2018.

The most notable of wins came against former World No.1 Novak Djokovic and David Goffin in Madrid, where he made the quarter-final and it required an in-form Alexander Zverev to beat him in Rome the week after. Overall, Edmund has a good reason to be confident going into the French Open, but will know he has a tough first round opener against a very determined yet inexperienced Alex de Minaur.

The Australian has been making his own first impressions on the tour, most notably at the beginning of the season with his big runs in his home events in Brisbane and Sydney, where he made the semi-final in Brisbane and then advanced to a first ATP final the week after. The attitude of de Minaur is what sets him apart from a lot of the players in his age range and that comes down to the influence of long-time mentor Lleyton Hewitt, who has helped him get to within reach of the Top 100.

With de Minaur, we are seeing a player that can do many things on a tennis courts. He can grind from the back of the court and competes very well, but also takes big risk with the first-strike return of serve. Edmund actually played the Australian at the beginning of the Estoril Open, where he won in straight sets, but the Brit will know that de Minaur will obviously be well up for the battle when they meet for a second time and a first time in Paris.

What will be interesting for me is how Edmund manages his game through a best-of-five matches now that he is a Top-20 player. The key for the Brit is to make sure he navigates his way through the earlier rounds as efficiently as possible to give him the best platform to battle hard in the latter rounds.

Prediction: Edmund in four sets.

Edmund and de Minaur are scheduled on Court 3, not before 11:30am (10:30am BST)
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