Kyle Edmund beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach Australian Open semi-final

Roger Federer

First up, on Rod Laver Arena, women's fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will seek to maintain her season-opening winning streak against Elise Mertens in the Belgian's first grand slam quarter-final appearance.

Not since John Lloyd in 1977 has a British man other than Murray played in the semis of an Australian Open.

In the semi-final, Kyle Edmund will have another mammoth task on his hands as he faces either Marin Cilic or Rafael Nadal.

Edmund crunched 46 winners to Dimitrov's 32 on a packed Rod Laver Arena sprinkled with vocal fans of both players.

Dimitrov's exceptional powers of defence were making it hard for even Edmund to hit through but he countered that with hitherto unseen skills at the net, following in his forehand and showing deft touch on the drop volley.

There were two large shocks on day eight of the Australian Open with Novak Djokovic, despite recovering a number of break deficits, succumbing to Hyeon Chung in straight sets, while our recommendation, Tennys Sandgren, not only covered the +2.5 set handicap - let's not forget, he was an underdog just to achieve that - but beat Dominic Thiem in five sets, coming back from heartbreak after spurning a match point in set four.

Kyle Edmund has beaten Gregor Dmitrov in the quarter finals of the Australian Open in four sets.

In the fourth, things progressed on serve until Edmund broke in the fifth but lost his own serve a game later for the scores to be tied at 3-3.


"I played a qualifier first round, so I was expected to win".

The Brit then had another look at break back point after the last of three double faults in the seventh game, only for DImitrov to dig out a big first serve when he needed it.

Edmund showed great composure to do just that, saving three break points before taking his second opportunity to wrap it up.

The victory will propel the unseeded star inside the top-30 for the first time in his career, smashing his previous highest ranking of 40th on the ATP leaderboard, and will no doubt raise British hopes for men's singles in life without Andy Murray to an all-time high.

"It's an incredible feeling - I'm very happy", said Edmund.

But in the sixth game, some wayward forehands gave Dimitrov the break back to make it 3-3.

But the Brit hid any early jitters superbly with a confident start, breaking the Dimitrov serve in the first game and holding to love in the second.

"For sure once you get to the top, everything becomes more narrow".

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