Kyle Edmunds dream of a first Grand Slam final fell apart yesterday as the British number 2 cashed out in the Semi finals to Croatian sixth seed Marlin Cilic.
The 23 year old from Yorkshire couldn’t not match the more experienced Cilic who eventually took the game 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to reach his first Melbourne final where he will play world number 2 Rodger Federer.
After the match, Edmund refused to blame his defeat on a hip issue that occurred during the first set, which saw him require a medical time out and treatment from his medical team.
Also In his interviews after the match Edmund looked back on what he described as “a really good couple of weeks for me”
“Obviously I'm disappointed right now, but I can be very happy with the way I've gone about things.
“I won some tough matches, beat good players.”
These players included 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the opening round and victory over one of the pretournament favourites in third seed Grigor Dimitrov to get to the semi final.
His pervious best result at a Grand Slam was the fourth round at the US open back in 2016, but after the his results of the past two weeks he is expected to leap from 49th in the world to around 25th when the latest ranking are announced next week. Victory against Cilic would have seen him ranked higher and seen him leapfrog the injury Andy Murray making Edmund British number 1, at least until Murray returns to action in the summer.
Edmund must know return to training and prepare for his more favored clay surface in the French Open, looking to prove this was not a one off! Should he get ranked in the top 30 next week, that would give him a very good chance of being seeded for the French Open and Wimbledon allowing him a better draw and the chance to maybe go one better and reach his first final.