Melbourne - Kyle Edmund became only the fourth British man
to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in the post-1968 Open Era with an
impressive win over world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on
The unseeded Edmund, ranked 49, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in
2hr 49min on Rod Laver Arena and will face either 16-time Grand Slam champion
Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic for a place in the final.
By winning Edmund also became only the sixth British man to
make the last four at a Grand Slam. It also marked his first victory against a
top-five ranked player.
With another British Grand Slam semi-finalist Tim Henman
watching on in the stands, Edmund kept Dimitrov under pressure with his
powerful forehand and serve.
"I am loving it right now, just the way I'm playing.
I'm 23 years old, my first Grand Slam semi-final. First time I played on one of
the biggest courts in the world," Edmund said.
"To beat a quality of player like Grigor. They're great
feelings. You don't obviously play in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam every
day, or a quarter like today.
"So I'm just trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
There's no reason why my tennis wasn't good enough to win. It's obviously about
going out there and doing it."
Edmund is the only British man in this year's field after
five-time finalist Andy Murray's injury withdrawal before the tournament.
"I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray for the
last eight years or however long," Edmund said of the expected media
attention after his win.
"Yeah, of course, it comes with the territory of
playing the sport. The better you do, the more attention you get.
"It's probably the first time I've done well on my own.
So it is more attention there, but of course you just take it in your stride,
trying to embrace it as much as possible."
The only other British men to get so far at a Slam were
Henman, Murray, John Lloyd, Roger Taylor and Greg Rusedski. Murray, Lloyd and
Taylor did it in Australia.
Edmund, who upset US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the
opening round, broke Dimitrov's serve five times and hit 46 winners and 48
Dimitrov began tardily and was broken in the opening game
but quickly broke back.
Edmund broke to 5-4 with a forehand and served out for the
opening set in 42 minutes.
The Bulgarian saved three break points to take a 3-0 lead in
the second set and then served out to level the set scores on his first match
But Dimitrov hit a flat spot and gave up a break with a
double fault in the eighth game and Edmund seized the third set with a strong
Edmund got a break in the fifth game of the fourth set when
Dimitrov shanked a forehand well out, but the British hope handed the break
back with an errant forehand on break point in the next game.
The errors continued to flow for Dimitrov and he fell behind
two break points in the ninth game and was broken when he netted a backhand,
leaving Edmund to serve out for the match.
Dimitrov lost to Nadal over five sets in last year's
semi-final and despite his No 3 ranking has yet to go beyond the semi-finals at
a Grand Slam.