Edmund through to semi-final
Originally published on 23/01/18 00:00
In his first ever match on Rod Laver Arena Kyle Edmund defeated third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 to become only the sixth British man to reach the last four of a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Edmund meant business from the moment he broke the Bulgarian in the first game. Once again it was his big forehand and his ability to withstand the pressure moments that helped him through the match.
Edmund won 5 of the 15 break points he created – a better average than when he won 7 out of 27 in his third round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili. At two hours and 49 minutes it was also one of Edmund’s quickest matches in Melbourne.
With his coach Fredrik Rosengren (a partnership that started last September) looking on, Edmund demonstrated an ability to soak up the pressure that has not always been with him in his career so far.
“It's an amazing feeling, I'm very happy,” he said on court after the match. “It was a hard match. I've had lots of matches so far. I tried to enjoy the moment. It's my first match on this court and it was very special.”
If Edmund reaches the final he will become British No 1 and having reached the semi finals here the 23-year-old will be ranked 26 in the world when the rankings are released next week.
His opponent in the semi final will be the winner of tonight’s match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic.
But Edmund doesn’t want to stop there, “When you’re reaching the last stages of the best tournament in the world it’s very pleasing, but of course I want to keep going.”
Wednesday's Quarter Final match ups
Tennys Sandgren v Hyeon Chung
Tomas Berdych v Roger Federer