Unseeded Kyle Edmund Stuns Third-Seed Grigor Dimitrov to Reach Australian Open Semifinals

Britain's Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4) at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday (January 23) to reach the Australian Open semifinals.

The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian struggled to reproduce the form that saw him beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, with his serve especially vulnerable.

Edmund now awaits either Rafael Nadal or Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic but is certain to take home at least £509,000 for making the semifinals.

"Its an amazing feeling, very happy, with these things you are so emotionally engaged you don't really take it in," he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "I'm just trying to enjoy the moment. It was my first match on this court, very special.

Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia, January 23. Edmund beat third-seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semifinals. PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty

"Grigor has played hard matches and played a high level. I had a drop in the second set. It was poor tennis at some points. I managed to break him at the end, held my nerve and prayed that last ball was out.

"It's great, thinking about it I will be proud at some point. Reaching the last stages of one of the biggest tournaments is very pleasing but I want to go further. It comes with the territory, the better you do the more attention you get. There's been more attention on me, you take it in your stride but it's a good problem to have."

Edmund broke decisively at 4-4 in the opening set with a thunderbolt forehand off a weak second serve.

Dimitrov took the second set but never looked completely comfortable against the ultra aggressive Edmund and a double-fault at 3-4 in the third set proved costly.

The players swapped breaks in the fourth set but Edmund broke again for a 5-4 lead to serve for the match.

A tense final game saw Edmund double-fault but an ace brought up match point and then Dimitrov sliced a backhand long which was confirmed by Hawkeye.

Edmund is the only British man in the main draw after three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray withdrew to have surgery on his hip.

The semifinals will be played on Thursday and Friday.