England’s Kyle Edmund has endured his fourth straight first-round thrashing, losing 6 4 6-2 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco at the Italian Open.
Since being thumped out in the second round of the Fantastic Prix Hassan II in Marrakech by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a month ago, Edmund has lost in Monte Carlo, Munich, Madrid, and Rome.
Positioned fourteenth on the planet in October, the British chap is currently down at 27th.
Verdasco proceeds to play Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Previous English number two Dan Evans, 28, was additionally crushed in the first round, losing 7-5 0 6-3 to Norway’s Casper Ruud.