This week’s ATP tennis action in China at Chengdu and Zhuhai is now underway and at Chengdu seventh seed and British number one Kyle Edmunds disappointing season continued as he lost in straight sets against Chilean number one Garin. Garin faces Spanish veteran Verdasco next, who knocked out qualifier Popyrin yesterday. There was only one other seed in action at Chengdu so far, fifth seed Lajovic, who knocked out the talented Londero from Argentina, in three sets yesterday.
There was also wins for Gerasimov from Belarus, who faces top seed Isner next, American qualifier Klahn, Carreno-Busta, who faces third seed Paire next -up, and British number two Dan Evans, who faces fourth seed Dimitrov next. The remaining first-round matches at Chengdu get underway in the early hours of the morning UK time and sixth seed Fritz and eighth seed Shapovalov are the star attractions against Bublik and Berankis. The other two matches are between South Korean Chung (advised @ 28/1/best price available 66/1) and Sousa from, Portugal and finally, for Chengdu, Aussie Thompson faces Canadian Pospisil.
At Zhuhai, Andy Murray impressed winning his first match on the ATP Tour since his comeback, beating American Sandgren in three sets, but he faces another stern test on Friday against sixth seed NextGen star Aussie De Minaur, who has been in great form this season winning his first two career titles. British number three Norrie also impressed in his opener, knocking out German Gojowczyk in straight sets and the only two seeds in action so far, seventh seed Ramos-Vinolas and eighth seed De Minaur both won their first-round matches, beating Nishioka and Millman in straight sets respectively.
There was also wins for unseeded players Mannarino, who faces top seed Tsitsipas next, qualifier Dzhumur, Kecmanovic, who faces Ramos-Vinolas next, and Chinese Wild Cards Wu and Zhang delighted home fans by beating qualifiers Koepfer and Ito respectively. The remaining first-round and start of the second-round matches at Zhuhai take place this morning and the star attractions are French stars, third seed Monfils against the UK’s Cam Norrie and fifth seed Pouille faces South Korean qualifier, Soowoo Kwon and sixth seed Aussie Kyrgios takes on veteran Italian Seppi. Finally, the other game is between eighth seed Spanish veteran Ramos-Vinolas and talented young Serb Kecmanovic.