Australian Open: Kyle Edmund reaches first grand slam quarters

Seppi carefully plotted a way through the first set eventually winning a tie-break 7-4

Seppi carefully plotted a way through the first set eventually winning a tie-break 7-4

Grigor Dimitrov came out on top of a fierce struggle against Nick Kyrgios to set up a clash with Kyle Edmund in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

It did not take long for the conversation to turn to the subject of Edmund's weapon of a forehand and where the 57-year-old Swede - whose former clients include Magnus Norman, the former world No 2, Joachim Johansson, and Robin Soderling, the two-times French Open runner-up - ranks it among the best he has seen.

"I'm making better decisions in the moments I need to, or playing smarter tennis", Edmund said. And he may not be done yet.

'It's a good feeling, it was a really interesting match. Having made 23 unforced errors in the opening set, Edmund made just six in the second.

At a set and a break up, with Kyrgios ranting at his support camp about the tension of his strings and threatening to implode, Dimitrov appeared in total control of the match.

"Through to my first quarter-final. I played well, he played well", Edmund said.

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"I'm just very happy, keep doing my best", he said. "I know people at home are waking up at silly hours in the morning so I'm just grateful for that". Both he and Seppi had been forced to the limit in their previous matches, going the distance in brutal temperatures that reached 40-degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), but the Briton was the stronger as the match wore on and he took his chances.

While Seppi, who was also trying to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time, was holding serve easily, the 23-year-old Edmund saved five break points in the eighth game, coming up with some big serves when he needed them.

By the time Edmund had gone 3-0 up in the third set he had won five games in a row. There were no mini-breaks until Edmund served at 4-5, upon which Seppi cracked two successive backhand winners down the line to take the set. But that was when the Briton told himself to attack, and a series of huge forehands helped him to break straight back for 2-2.

He's already notched five-set wins over U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the first round here and Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third. The Spanish world number 39 came from a set and 4-1 down to register a 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Estonian Anett Kontaveit with a delightful display of tennis.

But it wasn't until he barrelled down a second-serve, 187kph ace - his 25th - at the start of the third that Edmund went ahead in the match for the first time.

There was no holding back from Edmund as he served for the match.

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