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Cristian Garin improves to 26-17 at tour-level this season.

Garin Marches Past Edmund In Chengdu

Klahn through in three sets

Cristian Garin’s impressive 2019 ATP Tour season continued at the Chengdu Open on Monday, as the Chilean beat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-2. “I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure," said Garin. "Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played."

The 23-year-old converted four of seven break points against the seventh seed to notch his 26th victory in 43 tour-level matches this year after 72 minutes. Garin is bidding to claim his third ATP Tour crown of the season after clinching clay-court titles in Houston and Munich earlier this year.

"This year I have a very solid team with my coach, fitness coach and physio," said Garin. "We have been working very hard together so I think that is a big thing for me. Of course, I won two titles and I didn’t expect it. It makes me more confident and I’m playing way better than last year."

The two-time tour-level titlist will face Fernando Verdasco or qualifier Alexei Popyrin for a spot in the quarter-finals. Garin has never met Verdasco or Popyrin at tour-level.

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Briton Daniel Evans, who reached the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com final in February, fought hard to overcome Chinese wild card Yan Bai 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) in two hours and 27 minutes. Bai served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set. Evans now plays fourth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

In a meeting of qualifiers, Bradley Klahn outlasted Jason Jung 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) to reach the second round. The World No. 97 will next meet eighth seed Denis Shapovalov or Ricardas Berankis.

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