Kyle Edmund defeats fellow Brit Dan Evans in Monte Carlo to set up second round against Rafel Nadal

Charlie Eccleshare
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1:56PM

Game, set and match! Edmund defeats Evans 7-5, 6-1

Gorgeous forehand drop shot from Edmund takes him to 30-15. He really needs to trust himself to hit that shot more often to add a bit of variety to his game. A missed Evans backhand then brings up two match points for Edmund at 40-15. He wastes them both with missed forehands, and then forces but misses a third one with another forehand error. Edmund then makes a horrendous mess of a smash (as he did in the previous game) to fall down break point. And would you believe it, Evans forces him to hit another one on the next point! Credit Edmund for swatting away this one for a winner, which he celebrates joyously by raising his hands in celebration, much to the crowd's delight. An unreturned serve followed by an ace out wide do then finally secure the game and the match, and Edmund is through to face Nadal in the second round. 

24 forehand winners for Edmund!

1:47PM

Edmund* 7-5, 5-1 Evans (denotes next server) - Edmund breaks! 

Evans is coming into the net a bit more to try and unsettle Edmund, but the British No 3 will not be denied. Evans has a point to win the game at 40-30, but Edmund snatches the next three points, the final one with a forehand return winner to move a double break ahead. He will now serve for the match. 

1:40PM

Edmund 7-5, 4-1 Evans* (denotes next server)

It took a little while, but the match is now panning out more or less as we expected, with Evans unable to deal with his opponent's forehand bombardment.  Edmund wraps up another love hold, as he reels off his third straight game. 

1:38PM

Edmund* 7-5, 3-1 Evans (denotes next server) - Edmund breaks! 

Edmund showing he's not a one-trick pony with a couple of compact volley winners, the second of which was set up by a clipped backhand crosscourt. Evans then nets a forehand to fall down 0-40, and Edmund takes the first break point when Evans puts a volley wide. 

Edmund now three service holds away for a second-round meeting with nine-time Monte Carlo champion Nadal. 

1:34PM

Edmund 7-5, 2-1 Evans* (denotes next server)

Big hitting from Edmund and it's a love hold when Evans nets a backhand. Edmund looking far more in control of his service games than Evans, but no breaks as yet in the second set. 

1:32PM

Edmund* 7-5, 1-1 Evans (denotes next server) 

The pattern for this set is pretty clear: Edmund will crush forehands that Evans will get to and loop awkwardly back into play. Edmund will then fizz away winners or make a mess of what look like presentable smashes. On this occasion it's the latter, and Evans completes a hold to 15. 

1:28PM

Edmund 7-5, 1-0 Evans* (denotes next server) - Edmund saves two break points and holds

Such a turnaround in that set from 1-4 0-40 to 7-5 Edmund. Kyle will hope now to continue that momentum into the second set, and try and race away from his compatriot. 

But Evans demonstrates defensive abilities that even Andy Murray would be proud of to somehow retrieve a smash and draw a forehand error to go up 15-40. Edmund saves both break points though with a big serve and a howitzer inside-in forehand, before securing the hold after a missed Evans backhand. 

First set statistics

1:22PM

Edmund* 7-5 Evans (denotes next server) - Game and first set Edmund

Yep, Edmund has definitely found his range on the forehand side. He bludgeons his way to a couple of easy smashes and earns two set points at 15-40. He only needs one, thwacking away a forehand winner flying beyond a completely exposed Evans. 

1:17PM

Edmund 6-5 Evans* (denotes next server)

Evans shows some delicious touch to knife away a volley to reduce the deficit in the game to 30-15. Edmund though cranks up the aggression on the next few points and ekes out a hold to 30. Evans will now serve to stay in the set for a second time. 

1:13PM

Edmund* 5-5 Evans (denotes next server)

Evans is teetering on the brink this set, but Edmund lets him off the hook with three missed forehands for 40-0. An ace then secures a love hold, and we're back on serve. 

1:10PM

Edmund 5-4 Evans* (denotes next server)

Four games in a row for Edmund, who is painting the lines with some fabulous forehand hitting. An inside-out winner flies past an increasingly helpless Evans to wrap up a love hold. 

1:09PM

Edmund* 4-4 Evans (denotes next server) - Edmund breaks! 

Evans had three points for a 5-1 lead, but now about 10 minutes later it's 4-4. A brilliant inside-in forehand at 30-30 earns Edmund a first break point, which he can't take, but he secures the break at the second attempt with another blunderbuss forehand winner. The British No 3 has found his range on that wing now alright. 

1:02PM

Edmund 3-4 Evans* (denotes next server)

Still hit and miss from Edmund, but a couple of wayward Evans passing shots hand him the hold after Evans had led 0-30. 

12:59PM

Edmund* 2-4 Evans (denotes next server) - Edmund breaks!

Edmund gets bossed around on the first few points, but seems to wake from his slumber when down 40-0 to muscle his way back into the game and force deuce. Evans then can't handle a couple of forehand bombs, and Edmund has one of the breaks back. For the second game running it's a break of serve despite the server going 40-0 up. Seven game points missed in two games. 

12:54PM

Edmund 1-4 Evans* (denotes next server) - Evans breaks! 

Andy Murray is in the crowd watching with Grigor Dimitrov, and both men clap admiringly as Evans conjures up a cair of gorgeous backhand winners. The second in particular is a sensational flick of the wrist, and he follows it up with a forehand winner to get from 40-0 down to deuce. Edmund then misses a volley when up advantage, and he hands Evans another break point with a missed forehand. Evans takes it! Edmund with yet another forehand error to lose his third straight service game.  Evans has been clever with putting the ball into awkward positions, but this is really sloppy from Edmund. 

Meanwhile, this happened earlier in the Zverev vs Seppi match...

12:47PM

Edmund* 1-3 Evans (denotes next server)

Lovely stuff from Evans to flick away a backhand pass winner up the line, followed by a crosscourt forehand winner. Two more errors follow from Edmund, and it's a love hold for Evans. Edmund looking very anxious and going for winners too early in the points. 

12:43PM

Edmund 1-2 Evans* (denotes next server) - Evans breaks! 

Evans is doing what he does - changing the pace around, slicing and dicing - and it seems to be flummoxing Edmund when he's serving. Edmund is bludegeoning his forehand but he makes a slew of errors and hands Evans another break of serve to 15. Three games in, and we're yet to have a hold of serve. 

12:41PM

Edmund* 1-1 Evans (denotes next server) - Edmund breaks! 

Edmund is crunching his forehand this game, running around the backhand Jim Courier style to devastating effect. "The backside boogie" they used to call it in Courier's day. Evans can't handle his opponent's power, and Edmund breaks back after missing his first break point at 15-40. 

12:36PM

Edmund 0-1 Evans* (denotes next server) - Evans breaks! 

Terrible start from Edmund, who starts with two double faults and then chucks in a forehand and then a backhand error to lose his serve to 15. Evans up a break straight away. 

12:35PM

Ready? Play

We're under way. Edmund will serve first...

12:33PM

Battle of Britain

Britain's No 2 and No 3 meet in the Monte Carlo first round on Monday afternoon. 

The players will get underway in a moment or two, and we'll be bringing you game by game updates for what is the first meeting between Edmund and Evans on the ATP Tour. 

Prior to the match starting, here's the latest on the British and indeed world No 1 Andy Murray... 

Murray is confident he will be fully fit for his first-round match at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

The Scot has been sidelined for five weeks by an elbow injury and had been unsure about whether it would have sufficiently recovered in time for the first big event of the European clay-court season.

Monte Carlo

Murray was unable to serve at full speed in an exhibition match against Roger Federer in Zurich last Monday, but has been encouraged by his form in practice since then.

The world number one has a bye in the first round and will not play his first match against either Gilles Muller or Tommy Robredo until Wednesday.

Murray told the Independent: "When I had the injury, I had to take two and a half weeks off serving.

"When I started serving again, I had to progress very slowly, but in the last couple of days I've been serving pretty much close to the speed that I would normally. My elbow has reacted well, so I feel good about it.

Evans

"I will have had pretty much five days before my match of serving at the right speed, so I think it will be fine."

Murray has not had the start to the year he would have wanted, with a shock loss to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open followed by a bout of shingles.

He won a title in Dubai but then lost early in Indian Wells and the elbow injury forced him out of the Miami Open.

Despite his struggles, Murray has increased his lead in the rankings to just over 4,000 points ahead of number two Novak Djokovic, who returns from his own elbow injury in Monte Carlo.

But Murray's success from this stage of the season onwards 12 months ago means he has a huge amount of points to defend over the coming months, while he is more than 3,000 points adrift of Roger Federer in the yearly standings.

Edmund

This clay-court stretch will give him a chance to make up some of that deficit, with Federer not planning to play again until the French Open at the earliest.

Murray said: "I don't feel more tired than usual. I'm training really well. I've got lots of tournaments coming up, so I'm looking forward to it.

"Obviously I have some work to do to push myself back up in the rankings again this year. That starts this week."

Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund, British number two and three respectively, play each other for the first time on the ATP Tour in the first round on Monday.

British number four Aljaz Bedene is not in Monte Carlo, but celebrated his second title in as many weeks on the second-tier Challenger Tour on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over Gastao Elias in Barletta, Italy.

Murray

Meanwhile, the International Tennis Federation has reiterated that it did not know about Maria Sharapova's use of meldonium prior to her positive test.

In an interview with The Times Magazine on Saturday, Sharapova criticised the ITF for not privately informing her meldonium would be banned at the start of 2016.

The ITF said in a statement: "The ITF denies any knowledge of Maria Sharapova's use of meldonium at any time prior to her positive test for the substance during the 2016 Australian Open.

"Meldonium was part of WADA's monitoring programme in 2015 prior to its addition to the prohibited list in 2016. However, all samples that were analysed for the purposes of that programme were kept anonymous.

"Any such sample could not be associated with a particular player, and the results of the monitoring programme were not shared with anti-doping organisations until after Ms Sharapova's positive test."

Sharapova will make her return from a 15-month ban at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26.

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