Australian Open: Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta handed tough draws in Melbourne

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Edmund faces a tricky assignment against Berdych, the former world No 4 Edmund faces a tricky assignment against Berdych, the former world No 4DAN PELED/EPA

Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta will have to overcome a lack of competitive preparation if they are to progress at the Australian Open next week. The respective British No 1s, both former semi-finalists at Melbourne Park, were given stiff first-round tests in yesterday’s draw.

Edmund, the world No 14, will face Tomas Berdych. The former world No 4 from the Czech Republic marked his return from a six-month layoff due to a back injury by finishing as runner-up at the Qatar Open in Doha last week.

If Edmund can defeat Berdych, twice a semi-finalist at the Australian Open, it would provide a much-needed confidence boost after issues with his left knee over the past two months. The 24-year-old played only one match as part of…

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