Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Stylish Kyrgios sets up Dimitrov semi-final in Brisbane

Stylish Kyrgios sets up Dimitrov semi-final in Brisbane

Grigor Dimitrov won his match against Kyle Edmund in the Brisbane International - but it was his stunning (and athletic) display of sportsmanship that earned him the loudest cheers on Friday.

Although Edmund recovered to continue playing, he couldn't win a game from thereon as Dimitrov went on to clinch a 6-3 6-7 6-4 win and set up a semi-final date with local hope Nick Kyrgios. I'm hitting the ball well and I'm serving really well. Edmund was wrong-footed on the baseline and collapsed to the ground with a scream of pain after turning his ankle.

"The only positive I can say about losing that first set (against Dolgopolov) is I'm putting myself in some pressure situations and getting some more court time out there which is good".

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Edmund's injury comes days after British men's number one Andy Murray pulled out of the Australian Open due to his ongoing hip injury and women's number one Johanna Konta retired in her Brisbane quarter-final, also with a hip problem.

"I knew the last two games he wasn't at his best so I just had to find a way again", Dimitrov added. That's just me, I guess.

But Millman, the fourth-ranked Australian, was prepared a few hours later to play Sydney qualifying, starting Saturday afternoon, but should have earnt himself the third and last of Tennis Australia's wildcards for the tournament's main draw.

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The night matches Thursday went all the way, with last year's winners both having to come back from deficits.

Teenage wild-card entry Alex De Minaur followed up his upset victory over Milos Raonic with a routine 6-4, 6-0 win over Michael Mmoh to reach his first tour-level semifinal.

De Minaur will play unseeded American Ryan Harrison for a place in the final.

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Dimitrov defeats Millman in three sets, winning 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3.


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