1/23/2018 11:27:19 AM

Edmund upsets Dimitrov to reach Open semis

Edmund upsets Dimitrov to reach Open semis

Melbourne: Kyle Edmund became only the sixth British man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final with an upset win over world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The unseeded Edmund, ranked 49, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 2hr 49min and will face either 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic for a place in the final.

With another British Grand Slam semi-finalist Tim Henman watching on in the stands, 23-year-old Edmund troubled Dimitrov with his powerful forehand and serve.

"It's an amazing feeling, very happy with these sort of things, you are so emotionally engaged that you don't really take it in, you don't really enjoy yourself," Edmund said. "It was my first match on Rod Laver Arena and it is very special."

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.

The only other British men to get so far at a Slam in the Open-era were Henman, Murray, John Lloyd, Roger Taylor and Greg Rusedski.

Edmund, who upset US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the opening round, broke Dimitrov's serve five times and hit 46 winners and 48 unforced errors.

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.

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