The Japanese star is playing only his second ATP event of the season having spent most of the year on the challenger circuit. Watanuki has qualified for challengers but lacked the consistent firepower to go deep in tournaments and will look to change his fortunes in America’s capital.
Edmund will look to be consistent on serve and gradually find his range from the baseline on a consistent basis as there is bound to be some rest having spent a couple of years out. Should Edmund serve and play like he did last week on the Challenger tour than he should have enough to get past Watanuki although the match could have lots of up and downs with nerves being a factor in this match.
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