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Kyle Edmund subdues Chung Hyeon to set up Grigor Dimitrov quarters in Brisbane

Kyle Edmund was pushed hard by Chung Hyeon before coming through 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 to book a clash with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov who beat John Millman 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-3.

tennis Updated: Jan 04, 2018 20:31 IST
Reuters, Brisbane
Brisbane International,Kyle Edmund,Chung Hyeon
Kyle Edmund returns to Chung Hyeon in their men's singles second round match of the Brisbane International tennis tournament at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane on Thursday.(AFP)

Kyle Edmund overcame a mid-match blip before defeating South Korea’s Chung Hyeon in a tight three-setter to reach the Brisbane International quarter-finals on Thursday.

The Briton was pushed hard by the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals champion before coming through 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes. He set up a clash with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov who laboured past John Millman 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-3.

Down 3-1 in the tiebreak of a fiercely-contested first set, Edmund scored six points in a row to edge ahead in the contest.

Chung, who trailed his rival in the second set, fought back with a decisive break after Edmund blew the chance to go 4-1 up. The 21-year-old pushed on and broke Edmund again in the 12th game to level the match at one set apiece.

Edmund switched gears in the decider, breaking Chung for a 4-3 lead before clinching the match with three aces.

“He got a lot of momentum at the end of the second and broke me twice pretty quickly,” said Edmund. “So it was a good third set. I made an effort to really try and step up the intensity and energy and put some pressure on him.

“It was good because the way I was serving in that third set, I knew if I got a break I was going to have a very good chance at holding out.”

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin defeated Jared Donaldson 7-6(5), 6-2 to reach his first ATP Tour quarterfinal since a title-winning effort at the Chengdu Open in September.

Donaldson’s American compatriot Ryan Harrison fired 11 aces in his 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 win over Yannick Hanfmann, the lucky loser who replaced the injured Andy Murray in the draw.

First Published: Jan 04, 2018 20:30 IST