Kyle Edmund Refuses to Blame Semifinal Defeat on Hip Injury: 'It's Irrelevant'

Briton Kyle Edmund's impressive run at the Australian Open came to an end on Thursday (January 25) as he lost to sixth-seed Marin Cilic at the semifinal stage.

The Croatian won the match in straight sets 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to be the first man to reach this year's final, and he will be up against either Roger Federer or South Korea's Hyeon Chung.

Edmund, who beat third-seed Gregor Dimitrov in the quarterfinal, required treatment to a hip problem during the match in Melbourne. But he refused to blame the defeat on the problem, saying it was "irrelevant."

"It's been a really good couple of weeks for me," Edmund said. "Obviously I'm disappointed right now, but I can be very happy with the way I've gone about things. I won some tough matches, beat good players."

Edmund's progress will be reflected in the world rankings, as he is expected to rise from 49th in the world to around 25th by next week.

He also would have overtaken Andy Murray as British number one had he won, as the Scot is currently recovering from hip surgery and not expected back until the summer.

Edmund particularly put up a fight when a second serve was called out. He demanded to see the match referee after umpire John Blom awarded Cilic a point when he correctly challenged an out call.

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Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia, January 25. Edmund lost to Marin Cilic at the semifinal stage. SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty

Edmund claimed the line judge's call had distracted him and replays showed that the call occurred at the same moment the Brit returned the serve.

While Edmund wouldn't blame defeat on his injury, Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, said he could see the Briton deteriorating.

"I noticed in the third game in the third set, he let a couple of ball go," Cilic said. "I was seeing that his movement was restricted so I was trying to move the ball around."

Cilic dominated for much of the game but the world number six credited Edmund for his serving ability.

"I think in the second set I was a but up and down with my game and not getting enough returns back," he added.

"He started to serve quite good. I stayed mentally very focused and tried to play ever singly point. It was crucial in the tie-break to keep that pressure."