Grigor Dimitrov narrowly avoids seed exodus — ATP Brisbane

Dean Simpson
January 6, 2018

Kyle Edmund survives two three-set epic matches in order to reach the quarterfinals action at the 2018 Brisbane International.

While the crowd held their breath, fearing the 22-year-old Englishman had done some major damage, Dimitrov hurdled the net and ran to his opponent, eventually helping him hobble off court. "It's very unfortunate what happened", Dimitrov said of Edmund's injury.

The injury is the latest blow to Britain's prospects at Melbourne Park, with Andy Murray already out and Johanna Konta also struggling with a hip problem.

Edmund finished the match with heavy strapping on his right ankle but couldn't compete at the same level, losing the next two games to exit the tournament.

Dimitrov will now play mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster semi-final. Dimitrov and Edmund, who ranked 50th in the world rankings, have met one time so far, as Grigor won the tournament in Washington previous year with 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. At the end of the match Dimitrov, who saved two match points, was relieved and satisfied.'I missed tennis, but I didn't know I missed it that much', he said.

So I don't really think of it that way right now. I know the feeling. I was just kind of focusing on the most important thing, like, recovery, getting back into the court, like, slowly getting the rhythm in again.

Kyrgios was joined in the last four by fellow Australian Alex De Minaur as the teenager followed up his win over Milos Raonic by beating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-4 6-0.

Breaking in the seventh game of the third set, despite his sluggish start Kyrgios took the decider 6-4 to secure his semi-final place in 90 minutes.

In the women's draw, Svitolina upset second seed Karolina Pliskova, winning 7-5, 7-5.

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