On the same court where he gave Rafael Nadal
an almighty scare two years ago Kyle Edmund slumped to a painful defeat on Monday, blowing the chance of an excellent start to his campaign on European clay.
The British No 1 led Diego Schwartzmann 3-0 in the second set in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open, but subsided alarmingly to a 4-6 6-3 6-1 defeat on the Riviera.
Dressed in the style of a Gilet Jaune in a yellow shirt, he hit the ball with suitable belligerence to assume total command before losing twelve of the next 13 games.
His diminutive Argentinian opponent plays well on the red dirt and made the last eight of the 2018 French Open, but he should have been put away on a surface which also plays to Edmund's strengths.
The serve is an aspect which continues to yield too little for the 23 year-old Yorkshireman, and that will be one of several things that requires work as the tour snakes around Europe over the Spring.
Clay master Nadal joins the fray Wednesday, and he revealed on Tuesday that his uncle and long-time coach Toni apologised to him after giving an interview that raised serious fears about his physical health.
Late last month his hugely influential relative told El Pais that his nephew, who has suffered more knee problems this year, 'is not a tennis player, he's an injured person who plays tennis.'
'He apologised to me. He came to the court and felt sorry for that,' said the eleven times French Open champion. 'Toni wanted to say it in a positive way because of course I had many issues and he said it has a lot of value what he is doing, for all the problem that he had.
'Toni has conferences for companies every week so when you talk a lot sometimes you make mistakes.
'And of course it was a mistake for him, and he came to me and he felt sorry for that because he was a little bit over dramatic. I'm number one or two in the world and it's difficult to be where I am being an injured person.
'Of course I have more problems than almost the rest of my competitors but I've been able to manage it well.'
The sun went down during the match but Edmund said the slowing conditions were not a factor. "It was more a case of him getting more balls back and doing the basics well, I had done well up to the middle of the second set and then started making more mistakes."