Australian Open: Kyle Edmund 'loving' his progress in Melbourne


Smith, who watched Edmund beat world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semis of a slam for the first time, said: "I've not got a fixed mindset [about the second singles spot]".

Edmund did not waste the opportunity, serving out at the first time of asking to take the third set 6-3.

The 30-year-old was ruled out of the year's first grand slam after opting to undergo surgery on a long-standing hip problem, but world number 49 Edmund has stepped up superbly in his compatriot's absence and beat third seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets on Tuesday to make the last four at Melbourne Park.

After some patchy form in the opening rounds Dimitrov hit top form to beat home hope Nick Kyrgios in the last 16, fuelling hopes of a first Grand Slam final appearance. You know, is not the moment to say what's going on or what not going on because we really don't know and the doctor really don't know yet.

Rafael Nadal's drive towards a second Australian Open title came to a shuddering injury-induced halt Wednesday on a day of upsets that saw unseeded Kyle Edmund and Elise Mertens make the semi-finals. "I think that when he dropped his serve at 3-2 in the fourth set there was maybe a hint of hesitation or doubt, but not really, because it's going to happen at some point that you drop your serve".

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"It's great [to be the sixth British male player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final]".

Now Edmund is one win away from advancing to the final and a chance to win an Australian Open title. Everybody plays better matches against you. "It was a good match, I thought.

You don't play in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam every day, or a quarters like today".

There were no such troubles for Edmund against Dimitrov, as he became only the fourth British man to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in the post-1968 Open Era. There's a lot of components that come into the game.

Edmund also called the match, which was his first ever at Rod Laver Arena, "very special".

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He explained: "Of course it comes with the territory of playing pressure sport".

A delighted Edmund said: "I am loving it right now, just the way I'm playing". Doesn't matter how fit I am, I think mentally I was just a little bit exhausted.

"You still go on there and play your game", said Edmund when asked if he had been feeling nervous about playing the quarter-final.

She was too physical for Svitolina as she stormed into the semis, incredibly on her Australian Open debut. Today was similar. In the key moments I stepped up well and was courageous, really went for my shots, and they came good. I was two sets to one up. "I have mixed emotions, all good emotions", Mertens said.

"When you're on these types of stages, reaching the last stages of the best tournaments in the world, it's very pleasing". "We all get impatient because you want the player you follow to be better, quicker, but for Kyle I think the disappointment of losing big matches closely when he was on the verge of winning, he's clearly taken the positives and the decision to hire a new coach in Rosengren was the right thing".

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