.When Hawk-Eye finally confirmed Kyle Edmund’s match-point against Grigor Dimitrov following a tense delay. Andy Murray summed up perfectly how the tennis world felt. The British No 1 tweeted simply: ‘Wow’ after watching Edmund stun the world No 3. And now sealed his spot in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Murray’s shock is indicative of Edmund’s remarkable rise to prominence in Melbourne this tournament. Edmund qualified for his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final with victory against a man 43 places higher than him in the ATP rankings.
It’s been a remarkable rise to prominence from the 23-year-old from Yorkshire. He has earned £500,000 in Australian Open prize money by beating Dimitrov.
Edmund’s displays this tournament have made British fans forget all about Murray’s absence. Murray was ruled out with a hip injury – and given real hope of life after the British No 1.
Despite hailing from east Yorkshire, Edmund has thrived while playing in the 40-degree Melbourne heat. Brilliantly outlasted Dimitrov in their gruelling four-set quarter-final match.
Edmund was born in Johannesburg to a South African mother and a Welsh father. Moved to England at the age of three, with the family settling down near in a village near Beverley.
Murray has been supportive of Edmund throughout his fledgling career with the pair regularly training together while on tour.
Now Edmund has become the first British man since Tim Henman in 2004 not named Murray to make a Grand Slam semi-final.
Less than two years ago Edmund was ranked outside the top 100. His rankings are set to shoot up following his breakthrough displays in Melbourne this year.
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