Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

21 January 2018 / 10:44
Kyle Edmund is in new territory after overpowering Andreas Seppi to reach his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final.

Edmund downed the Italian in four sets at the Australian Open to set up a last-eight clash with home favourite Nick Kyrgios or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

The British number two rallied after losing a first-set tie break 6-7 (4-7), growing stronger as the contest wore on and taking the next three 7-5 6-2 6-3 with relative ease.

The 23-year-old Beverley player admitted he did not come out of the blocks firing at Melbourne Park, but was pleased with the clinical streak he showed in sealing another triumph Down Under.

"Through to my first quarter-final - I am very happy," said Edmund, ranked 49 going into the competition.

"It was a close first set and I didn't feel I got the best start. He was hitting the ball very clean.

"In the second set I tried to shift the momentum and once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match."

Victory over Seppi, ranked 76, comes on the back of triumphs over number 11-ranked Kevin Anderson, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and a five-set grueller over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, played in temperatures of 40C.

Other than Andy Murray, Edmund becomes the first British man to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals since John Lloyd in 1985.

His place in the last eight means he is guaranteed a career-best world ranking of around 35. 

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