British number two Kyle Edmund has continued his career best form at the Australian Open, this time he has knocked out third seed Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria and in doing as reached his first ever Grand Slam semi final.
The current world number 49, was playing in his first ever grand slam quarter final, but looked right at home as he powered past his opponent 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4, to become only the 6th british man to reach the final four at a grand Slam since the introduction of the ‘Open’ format.
Coming into this tournament, with no Andy Murray, all eyes were on the british Women’s number one Johanna Konta as a possible finalist.
However, following her shock early exit, 23 year old Yorkshire man, who has never reached a ATP final has grown with ever game, since defeating 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round, his huge forehand helping him to power through each round.
In addition, it is evident that he has worked hard during the off season, since his decision to switch coach’s and base himself in the Bahamas there are marked improvements in many areas of his game most notably his serve and return.
Describing his feelings on his success so far, Edmund said:
“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.”
Thursday’s semi final will see Edmund face top seed Rafael Nadal or sixth seed Marlin Cilic for a place in the final.