Australian Open 2019: Kyle Edmund loses but Dan Evans goes through


British men’s number one Kyle Edmund is out of the Australian Open after a disappointing 6-3 6-0 7-5 first-round loss to Tomas Berdych. The 24-year-old, a semi-finalist last year, appeared heavy-legged in the heat against the Czech who looked back to his best after an injury-hit 2018.

Edmund only managed one break point against the Berdych serve all match. Elsewhere, compatriot Dan Evans won his first Grand Slam match since his return from a drugs ban. The 28-year-old beat fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito 7-5 6-1 7-6 (10-8) of Japan, throwing his racquet in joy at the end. Evans returned from a one-year ban in April 2018 after testing positive for cocaine during 2017’s Barcelona Open. “Winning matches are things I’ve missed,” Evans told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

“After the tournament I’ll look back. I’m looking forward to getting out there again. “I really enjoy Melbourne and I felt pretty comfortable today. It was hot out there, but was cooling down towards the end.” Evans could face Roger Federer next if the 20-time Grand Slam champion can overcome Denis Istomin.