Kyle Edmund continues winning run, but Grigor Dimitrov gets dumped out

Shahida Jacobs
Kyle Edmund shouting

Kyle Edmund continued where he left off in Antwerp as he beat Diego Schwartzman in his opening match at the Vienna Open.

Just days after winning his maiden ATP Tour singles trophy at the European Open, Edmund kicked off his campaign in Austria with a solid 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win in one hour and 23 minutes over the Argentine.

The only break of serve came in game eight of the opening set with the British No 1 taking full advantage of his only break point of the match.

Next up for the world No 14, who has won 11 of his last 13 matches, is Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov’s poor form continued as the Bulgarian was beaten by Mikhail Kukushkin with the Kazakhstan player winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with Russian Andrey Rublev.

Karen Khachanov, winner of the Kremlin Cup on Sunday, earned a date with fifth seed Kei Nishikori as he beat Dennis Novak 6-3, 7-5 while Gael Monfils secured a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson.

Seventh seed Fabio Fognini also crashed out as he was beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 by Marton Fucsovics in second-round action while second seed Kevin Anderson advanced after Juergen Melzer withdrew.

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