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Britain's Edmund beats Dimitrov to reach semis

  • Published at 01:36 pm January 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:37 pm January 23rd, 2018
Britain's Edmund beats Dimitrov to reach semis
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 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.