Tim Henman smiled paternally from the Presidents’ Box. He had just watched Kyle Edmund do what he had never managed: Edmund had reached the semifinals of Australian Open 2018 by outplaying and out-nerving Grigor Dimitrov.
The 23-year-old from Beverley in Yorkshire had been stronger between the ears and between the lines than the world No.3 to win 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4. Not only that, it only took two hours and 49 minutes, one of Edmund’s quickest matches of the tournament.
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“It’s an amazing feeling; I’m very happy,” Edmund said, still looking slightly stunned. “With these sort of things, you are so emotionally engaged that you don’t really take it in, you don’t really enjoy it. So at the end of a hard match, I just tried to enjoy the moment.
“Grigor’s played some hard matches – he obviously played a high level match against Nick [Kyrgios] so I knew it was going to be tough. I had a bit of a dip in that second set – it was poor tennis at some point – but in the third set I managed to break him right at the end. Had a little blip in the fourth set but really just held my nerve in that last game and just prayed that last ball was out.”