KYLE EDMUND wrote his identify into British tennis historical past with the best win of his life.
In his first Grand Slam quarter ultimate, Edmund beat a prime 10 participant for the primary time in his profession overcoming world No Three and O2 champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-Four Three-6 6-Three 6-Four.
Edmund was merely very good, changing into solely the sixth British man to succeed in a Grand Slam semi ultimate within the Open Period.
One of many 5, Tim Henman, additionally the final Brit male not known as Andy Murray o attain the final eight right here, was sitting within the Rod Laver Area to see historical past made.
After a shot by Dimitrov was confirmed to be out by Hawk-Eye, the British No 2 sat on his chair shaking his head in disbelief and what he had achieved.
Edmund stated: “It is an incredible feeling.
As a child you simply take a look at the idols you aspire to be whenever you’re on this sort of stage.
“It is clearly very pleasing, however after all I’ll preserve going.”
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Dimitrov was very gracious in defeat. The Bulgarian said: “Kyle deserves all the credit. He deserved the win, simple as that.
“He’s been working so hard in the past few months.
“There’s no point for me to say what I did wrong. It’s all about him right now.
“Once you reach this stage of a Grand Slam, anything can happen. Opportunities like this don’t come often.”
Just two weeks before, Dimitrov had sportingly leapt over the net to help Edmund after he had fallen during their clash in Brisbane.
Now the world No 3 has to pick himself up the floor, having failed to match his run to the semi finals in Melbourne last year.
Edmund’s coach Fredrik Rosengren had said he would tell him that feeling extra nerves before such a big match was normal.
But the Brit hid any early jitters superbly with a confident start, breaking the Dimitrov serve in the first game and holding to love in the second.
Dimitrov hit back in the sixth, thanks to an Edmund double fault and two missed forehands. But it was the Bulgarian who faltered next and the Brit had the chance to serve for the first set.
Edmund showed great composure to do just that, saving three break points before taking his second opportunity to wrap it up.
Momentum, though, is a fickle mistress – hard to earn but easy to lose. Edmund let it slip with two more wide forehands on the way to dropping his serve in the second game of the second set.
He had the chance to hit back straightaway but Dimitrov won five points in a row from 0/40 to take a 3-0 lead.
The world No 3 then tried to turn the screw, but Edmund saved a break point to gain a foothold.
The Brit then had another look at break back point after the last of three double faults in the seventh game, only for DImitrov to dig out a big first serve when he needed it.
The Bulgarian kept his cool to level the match and seemed to be the more comfortable player.
Not for long. In a tense third set, Edmund missed one chance to break the Dimitrov serve but another double fault gifted him the lead and the chance to serve for it.
Calmly, confidently, classily, he did so and suddenly he was one set away from the biggest win of his career.
The question was whether the enormity of the achievement which was now within reach would weigh heavily on the young Brit.
The answer turned out to be no. If anything the dread of impending defeat was affecting Dimitrov.
He netted one forehand to give up a break point and miscued another to give Edmund a 3-2 lead with a break. Three games from glory.
But that was a long way, especially at this level of competition and against this calibre of opponent. Dimitrov stepped on the gas and Edmund was broken back to 15.
The Bulgarian, roared on by a small but vocal group of his compatriots, saved a break point with a big serve in the following game.
At 4-4, 15/30, came a moment of high drama. Edmund challenged a Dimitrov backhand winner and the Hawk-Eye picture appeared on the screen without a verdict.
After what seemed like an age, the word “out” followed. Dimitrov netted on the second of the break points to give Edmund the opportunity to serve for the match.
Edmund fell 0/15 and 15/30 behind. But an ace took him to 40/30 and after a rally, a Dimitrov backhand looked to have gone long.
One more nervous wait, then Hawk-Eye confirmed Edmund’s seismic achievement.
Only Murray, Henman, Greg Rusedski, Roger Taylor and John Lloyd have previously flown the British flag in a Grand Slam semi final in the Open Era.
Now the quiet man from Yorkshire is making a big noise.
With Andy Murray injured and no other British men in the main draw, all the focus has been on him.
Edmund said: “I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray in the last eight days.
“It’s the first time I’ve done well on my own.
“I just take it [the extra attention] in my stride.
“It’s a good problem to have.”