Dimitrov downs injured Edmund to reach Brisbane semis

Ruben Hill
January 5, 2018

Top-seeded Dimitrov beat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday to set up a meeting with No. 3-seeded Nick Kyrgios, who rebounded for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Grigor Dimitrov had to save two match points before getting his Brisbane International title defense underway with a victory against Australian wildcard entry John Millman.

Edmund, the world No.50, proved another fearless and plucky customer in a see-sawing contest that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours. Dimitrov was on court for nearly two-and-a-half hours before finally subduing the British number two, who was right in the contest until he hurt his ankle with the score at 4-4 in the third set.

It was the first serve where the 22-year-old had real joy winning 82 per cent of the points and despite a scare in the second set, Edmund will believe he can go the distance in Brisbane.

"I've seen this too many times, I know the feeling".

It was Dimitrov's show of concern for Edmund that brought the crowd to its feet at Pat Rafter Arena. "I just had to find a way again".

"There were a lot of nerves coming into this match".

Others to advance to the quarter-finals on the day included American Ryan Harrison and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. "It was a big opportunity for me", De Minaur said.

The third-seeded Svitolina won with a score of 1-6, 7-6 (6), 3-2, retired, having just held serve when Konta walked to the net and said she could no longer continue, two games after receiving treatment for a right hip problem.

"I played some pretty good tennis in the second and third sets". The 18-year-old de Minaur stunned fourth seed Milos Raonic in the second round and there was no letdown Friday as he ousted USA qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-4, 6-0 to reach his first ATP semi-final.

The Bulgarian, who is defending champion and top seed, made fast start against the Brisbane native Millman, who is ranked 128th in the world, breaking service first.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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