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Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

Edmund storms to first Grand Slam quarter-final

His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

The world No 49, flying the British flag in Andy Murray's absence, recovered from losing the first set on a tiebreak and a break deficit in the second to become the first British man aside from Murray to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985.

Both players continued to remain assured behind their delivery until the 12th game of the second set when Edmund seized on an indifferent service game from Seppi to break the Italian for the second time and level the match at one-set all.

Edmund downed the Italian in four sets at the Australian Open to set up a last-eight clash with home favourite Nick Kyrgios or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Two days after after a gruelling five-set contest in 40C heat, Edmund found the energy in much cooler conditions to see off the experienced Seppi and make a Grand Slam breakthrough. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes.




The early stages of the fourth set saw Edmund create break point opportunities at both 1-0 and 3-2, but he could not convert.

Edmund also fired down 25 aces to tame the neat Italian but it was the thumping winners, particularly off his forehand, that proved decisive after he had reduced the error count that marred his display in the first set.

Edmund duly delivered with 23 unforced errors as Seppi, a decade older and a veteran of three previous trips to the fourth round of the Australian Open, held serve easily and mustered up five break points.

But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief.

At this point, Seppi was rattled, and Edmund produced an unstoppable third-set performance to take the lead. Hopefully we'll have more British (players) here in the future.


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