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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
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Kyle Edmund defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open tennis tournament.(REUTERS)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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