Edmund stuns Dimitrov for Australian Open semifinal spot

Edmund stuns Dimitrov for Australian Open semifinal spot

Kyle Edmund is through to the Australian Open semifinals after an upset 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday.

The Bulgarian world No.3 was ambushed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by the 49th-ranked Edmund and again misses out in his 30th Grand Slam tournament.

Edmund has become the sixth British man to reach the last four at a Grand Slam in the Open era.

This will be the first-ever semifinal appearance for the unseeded Edmund where he will face either Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic for a place in the final.

"I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray for the last eight years or so", Edmund joked after the match.

"It was a hard match and I'm really trying to enjoy the moment".

The Spaniard, who takes a 5-1 head to head lead into the clash, is a [1.28] favourite to end our hopes, and I was anticipating him to be far less strong going into the match following an off-season beset with injury.

"Today was very tough for me physically", said Svitolina, who was attempting to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

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"Everybody wants to beat you". There's little doubt that Dimitrov is the better player, but he only boasts marginally better hold and break data, and while he does make a strong case for being in better shape as regards to experience, this price is very short indeed and it's impossible to justify such a line, based on numbers.

After letting slip a 3-1 lead, the British player moved back in front thanks to a venomous forehand victor, and he saved three break points on the way to serving out the set. "I switched it on today, and hopefully next match I can do better".

Murray has lost five times here in the championship match. I have to keep on with my own game.

"Definitely that's one of the things I've struggled with a lot in the past week", he said. "A dream was to play for my country", he said.

"But of course the big one is to be in Grand Slam finals. And obviously a dream is to win them". "As an emotion, as a human being, it's normal". I just accepted that and had things in place to basically deal with it.

In women's singles, Elise Mertens of Belgium defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals.

Mertens, who was coming off a successful title defense at the Hobart International, dominated against Svitolina, who had also been on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International.

In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung. "I've pretty much done, in a way, what everybody thought I would do", he said. There's no point for me to say what I did wrong because I can sit here and talk about it, but it's all about him right now.

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