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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Edmund ready to make hay on clay against Anderson

Yorkshireman well suited to slower courts

Kyle Edmund’s best surface at this stage of his career is probably clay
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Day seven
ITV4 and Eurosport, 10am

Edmund v Anderson
Kyle Edmund faces a potentially tough third-round clash with resurgent Kevin Anderson but it's one the Yorkshireman could win.

Edmund is a useful performer on clay and Anderson could find it difficult to reproduce the form of his last-64 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Australian ace Nick Kyrgios.

The Briton is well suited to the slow courts, which afford him more time to plan his points, and it's not as if he is playing a worldbeater in Anderson.

Edmund has already seen off Gastao Elias and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's conqueror Renzo Olivo, both of whom are comfortable on clay, in straight sets so a date with Anderson should hold no fears.

There could be plenty of pride at stake as Edmund, like Ander­son, was born in South Africa. But the Briton possesses plenty of self-belief and should not be cowed by his big-serving opponent.

K Edmund
1pt 11-8 bet365, Betway

Cepede Royg v Duque-Marino
It's all to play for in the South American clash between Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg and Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino and the match could go the distance.

Cepede Royg has posted two cracking victories over high-class operators Lucie Safarova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in week one in Paris, while Duque-Marino has seen off Irina-Camelia Begu and Magdalena Rybarikova in good style.

This is a big opportunity for both players and one they will not want to spurn easily, so a third set looks a distinct possibility.

V Cepede Royg v M Duque-Marino three sets
1pt 11-8 general

Other matches
The big match of the day sees Andy Murray taking on Juan Martin del Potro with a place in the last 16 the prize.

Del Potro is happy with his game, but the Argentinian is still being nagged by shoulder and back injuries which could affect the result.

He has won only three of his 11 meetings with Murray and the fact that Del Potro has not always afforded the clay Grand Slam, one he is capable of winning, its due respect means it's no surprise that Murray has been roundly supported.

Del Potro has won two of the last three in their series, though, and Murray has not been at his best on clay, so last year's losing finalist is no certainty to progress.

Gael Monfils is edging market leadership for his clash with his fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet, but the friends' rivalry has swung many times down the years and it may soon be Gasquet's turn to reassume dominance.

Edmund has already seen off Gastao Elias and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's conqueror Renzo Olivo in straight sets
E.W. Terms
Sky bet