Kyle Edmund’s disappointing form continued as he was beaten in the first round of the bett1HULKS Championships in Cologne by Yoshihito Nishioka.
The British No 2 suffered his third successive first-round defeat as he lost 6-4, 6-0 to the world No 56.
The opening set might have been a different story if Edmund, who has only won one match since the season resumed, had taken seven break-point chances in the second game. However, Nishioka held and then broke in the fifth game.
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Edmund had more break points as Nishioka looked to serve out the set but again he couldn’t take his opportunity from 0-40.
The second set was a far more one-sided affair as Edmund struggled on serve and was broken three times, ending up with a humiliating bagel.