British number two Kyle Edmund made some personal history by defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open. The win means he has qualified for his first ever Grand Slam Quarter final which will be against Bulgarian third seed Grigor Dimitrov. who defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios to reach the last 8.
When questioned about his chances of progressing and even ‘Winning’ the Open, the 23 year old said “you have to believe, That's why I'm in the quarter-finals because every time I step on the court, I believe I'm going to win,” Edmund continued, It's no different now. The next opponent, I take it one step at a time.I have to believe I'm going to win and believe in my game.”
In a week to remember Edmund who was ranked 49th in the world at the start of the tournament, opened in style as he recorded his career best victory over 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round.
His recent change of coaching team and winter spent at his new base in the Bahamas seems to be working has he then stormed to a straight set win over Denis Istomin, before defying the odds to come from behind to out gun Nikoloz Basilashvili in the blistering Melbourne heat. His match against Seppi was only the second time he had ever reached this final 16 at a grand slam event, with the other time being two years ago in the US Open when he was world ranked at a career high of 40th.