Australian Open: Kyle Edmund claims shock win over Grigor Dimitrov to enter semis
Kyle Edmund progressed to a maiden Grand Slam semi-final with a stunning four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open tennis tournament.tennis Updated: Jan 23, 2018 15:52 IST
Britain’s Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open tennis semi-finals.
The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy Dimitrov.
The Bulgarian struggled to reproduce the form that saw him beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, with his serve especially vulnerable.
Edmund broke decisively at 4-4 in the opening set with a thunderbolt forehand off a weak second serve.
Dimitrov took the second set but never looked completely comfortable against the ultra aggressive Edmund and a double-fault at 3-4 in the third set proved costly.
The players swapped breaks in the fourth set but Edmund broke again for a 5-4 lead to serve for the match.
A tense final game saw Edmund double-fault but an ace brought up match point and then Dimitrov sliced a backhand long which was confirmed by Hawkeye.
Edmund is the only British man in the main draw after three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray withdrew to have surgery on his hip.
First Published: Jan 23, 2018 12:49 IST