Cameron Norrie flies the flag at Italian Open as Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans crash out

Cameron Norrie fist pump

Cameron Norrie was the only British survivor from the Italian Open opening round after Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were sent packing on Monday.

British No 2 Norrie, who had to come through qualifiers to make the main draw, came from a set down to beat Australian John Millman.

The 23-year-old Norrie won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes with the decisive break in the third set coming in game five when he broke to love.

Next up is 13th seed Borna Coric after the Croatian beat Next Gen star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4.

British No 1 Edmund’s nightmare run continues as he made his fourth consecutive opening-round exit, this time going down 6-4, 4-6, 2-6 against Fernando Verdasco.

Edmund lost 11 of the last 13 games and Verdasco’s reward is a clash against fifth seed Dominic Thiem, who had a bye in the first round.

Evans also blew a chance to reach the second round as he was beaten by Casper Ruud with the Norwegian overcoming a second-set slump to win 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

Eleventh seed Karen Khachanov was a 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3 winner over Lorenzo Sonego while Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

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