Nadal has a bad time against Edmund
He had a hard time, Murray sweat and Rafael Nadal, nine times champion in Monte Carlo, owner and lord of the surface for lustros, took a blow in his takeoff in the clay season. He beat Kyle Edmund 6-0, 5-7 and 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes but did not even breathe after breaking the fifth game of the third set shortly after saving a break point that would have placed him in a frankly delicate situation.
The Brit broke back and equaled three. Edmund, a 22-year-old giant with only 13 clay matches behind him, took out and hit as much as he could, which was a lot, without feeling too many scratches from the blows lifted from his privileged stature. [Narration and statistics]Finalist at the Australian Open in Acapulco and Miami, Nadal returned to his favorite territory for the first time since the last Roland Garros.
It was difficult to imagine, except after what happened in the initial set, that a player of discreet qualification could create such complications. It had never happened to him in what he considered the most comfortable of his scenarios. Unprejudiced, the player born in Johannesburg, did not forgive when Nadal’s balls fell short and took the game to a point of uncertainty.
Carlos Moya shook with Toni Nadal in the box of the fifth seed until the break came in the seventh game the final gap. Nadal escaped from an unexpected bad time. His next opponent already in the eighth will be Alexander Zverev the man who led to five sets at the recent Australian Open, which is considered most vulnerable on this surface.