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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Brit Kyle Edmund storms into his first Slam semi-final

Yorkshireman backed at 999-1 for Melbourne glory

Kyle Edmund hits a forehand on the way to victory over Grigor Dimitrov
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Kyle Edmund was cut to 12-1 to taste Grand Slam glory for the first time in the Australian Open after charging into the semi-finals with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday.

The British number two, carrying the flag in the absence of injured Andy Murray, will meet Marin Cilic for a place in the final after the Croatian sixth seed progressed when top seed Rafael Nadal retired in the fifth set with the score at 3-6 6-3 6-7 6-2 2-0.

Edmund had served notice in his opening Melbourne Park win over last year's US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson that good times may be around the corner.

But ousting world number three Dimitrov, who conquered all at the ATP Finals in London in November, has to be the best result of Edmund's young career.

Edmund, ranked 49th in the world, was best at 500-1 with bookmakers before the first Slam of the season started down under and a total of £103 has been matched on the Beverly resident at 1,000 on Betfair's exchange.

Second seed Roger Federer was 8-11 to retain his Australian Open crown in the wake of Nadal's exit. The Swiss ace is due to play Tomas Berdych at 8am on Wednesday.


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Ousting world number three Dimitrov, who conquered all at the ATP Finals in London in November, has to be the best result of Edmund's young career
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