Kyle Edmund stunned Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the Australian open today in four sets (6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4). The 23 year old Brit was playing in his first ever grand slam quarterfinal, but showed no signs of nerves, as he played aggressive tennis and went toe-to-toe against the Bulgarian. Kyle Edmund has never won an ATP title before. He has not even made it to the finals of any ATP tournament. Despite his resume lacking the impressive stats, the young Brit has been too hot to handle in the hottest grand slam of the year.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Edmund.
“With these sort of things, you’re emotionally engaged and you don’t take it in. At the end of a hard match, I just tried to enjoy the moment.
“It’s my first match on this court and it was very special.”
Grigor Dimitrov, who was coming off a fantastic win over Aussie favorite Nick Kyrgios, was the clear favorite before the match started. However, Kyle Edmund was unfazed by the daunting task ahead.
“He’s played hard matches, especially against Nick Kyrgios, and I knew it was going to be tough,” said Edmund.
“I had a bit of a dip and I was playing quite poor tennis at times. But I held my nerve and prayed that last ball was out.”
In beating Grigor Dimitrov, Edmund became only the sixth British player to reach the last four of any grand slam; a proud moment for Edmund as he joins an illustrious list of British players. Meanwhile, the wait continues for Dimitrov as the world number three is yet to reach a grand slam final.
“It’s hard to hide a disappointment. I am disappointed. It’s how I feel. It hurts, and so it should. Right now I won’t think too rationally, simple as that. I need to give myself a couple of days just to relax a little bit and do things I don’t get a chance to do during the tournament, and reassess the whole Australian trip.
“I think overall it wasn’t a bad one, but [it] certainly wasn’t where I wanted to be. That’s at least the positive thing, that there’s a little bit of a room that I feel I can improve quite a few weeks ahead of me. I need to be smart the way I’m practising now, not to overdo it again, but at the same time make sure I find my rhythm again, my game itself a little bit, the elements when I play. That requires quite a bit of work, but I’m certain I’m going to be able to do it and hopefully produce better tennis as the year progresses.”
The Bulgarian looks to take positives from his loss, while Edmund prepares for his semifinal match-up against Marin Cilic, who forced Rafael Nadal to retire in the fifth set of their quarterfinal match.