Kyle Edmund faced a disappointing defeat in his opening match at the Madrid Open against Dominic Thiem. The first set was fiercely contested, with both players holding serve until the fifth game when Edmund had a chance to break.
However, Thiem held his nerve and went on to take the set after securing a crucial break in the eighth game. Despite his best efforts, Edmund could not recover in the second set and eventually lost 6-4 6-1.
Thiem, who has been struggling with a wrist injury since winning the US Open in 2020, showed his class by putting Edmund under pressure from the start of the match. Despite Edmund’s attempts to mount a comeback in the second set, Thiem’s superior skill and experience proved too much for the British player to handle. Thiem will now face world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.
Edmund, who is still recovering from a knee injury, will be disappointed with his performance but will take heart from the fact that he was able to compete against one of the top players in the world. He will now have to regroup and focus on his next tournament as he looks to build on his progress and return to peak fitness.