Kyle Edmund joined Denis Shapovalov and Nikoloz Basilashvili to be the third seeded player to be knocked out of the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters when he lost his opener to Diego Schwartzman.
Originally expected to play Dusan Lajovic before he withdrew from the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, the highest-ranked British men’s singles player looked to have gotten off to a good start against his Argentine opponent.
Edmund was a set up and then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set against Schwartzman but failed to capitalise on this as the Argentine came roaring back to win 12 of the next 13 games. In the end, Edmund lost 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 to bow out of the competition in the first round.
Schwartzman’s next opponent will be decided by the match between Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Taylor Fritz with the winner featuring in the second round.
The first set in the match saw five breaks of serve before the Brit had a chance to serve out the set and he snatched it on his first set point. And this was followed by an immediate break of serve for Edmund but that was the last time he did that in the match.
Schwartzman clinched the next games in a row to not just win the second set but also race off to a 3-0 lead before conceding one game. However, he soon closed out the match to march into the next round.
Cameron Norrie is the only other British player in the draw and will feature in his opener on Tuesday when he takes on Adrian Mannarino in his opener.
Earlier, Shapovalov had gone down to Jan-Lennard Struff in his opener while Basilashvili lost to Marton Fucsovics in round one.