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Nadal Debuts Against Edmund In Search of His Tenth Title

April 19, 2017

The Briton, number 45 in the world, has never played tennis. He is 22 years old, right-handed and has not yet released his record. Also, kicks off Murray.

Kyle Edmund will be the first stumbling block between Rafa Nadal and his tenth title at the Montecarlo Masters 1000. The Briton won his compatriot Daniel Evans 7-5 and 6-1 and will be measured on Wednesday with whom he has never faced.

Nadal Vs Edmund

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Edmund is number 45 in the world ranking, is 22 years old and was born in Johannesburg (South Africa), but lives in Beverly (England) and adopted British nationality. He is tall (1.84), right-handed and gives the backhand to two hands. This year has a balance of 8-10 and has reached the quarterfinals in Brisbane and Delray Beach for better results. Pablo Carreño won him in the second round of Australia and has not yet released his trophy in the ATP.

Although in Indian Wells came to upset Djokovic, on clay Edmund should not be a problem for Nadal in his crusade for being even more historic. And is that he has a shot to reach the ten titles in Monte Carlo, a target that can also pursue in Barcelona and Roland Garros, where he also accumulates nine trophies. No one in the Open Era (since 1968) has collected so many in a single tournament. They are followed by Roger Federer, who does not compete in Montecarlo, and Guillermo Vilas (see table).

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Player   Titles     Tournament

Rafael Nadal       Referring to Fig. Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal       Referring to Fig. Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal       Referring to Fig. Barcelona

Roger Federer   Referring to Fig. Halle

Guillermo Vilas  Referring to Fig. Buenos Aires

Rafael Nadal       7              Rome

Another incentive for Nadal is to recover the 1,000 points that have anecdotally removed him in the ranking (he has fallen to 7th place), because in 2016 the tournament, which won the Balearic, was played between 10 and 17 April.

On the other side of the table, already without Tsonga that fell before Mannarino, Andy Murray debuts, just before Nadal. The world number one will face at 13:00 the Luxembourgish Gilles Muller. Wawrinka, Dimitrov, Cilic and Thiem also start today.