Edmund ousts Seppi to enters quarterfinals

Edmund ousts Seppi to enters quarterfinals

A 6-7 7-4 6-2 6-3 win over world No. 76 Andreas Seppi secured his passage to the quarter-finals, where he will meet either Nick Kyrgios or Grigor Dimitrov.

This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991.

Grigor Dimitrov has reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the third time and put the last local hope out of the season-opening major with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over Nick Kyrgios.

He said: "It's great to be in the quarter-finals". As David Ferrer will be the first to verify, it's incredibly hard to match-up against a player of a similar style who is better at everything, and Schwartzman is nearly certain to be the latest return-orientated player to be heavily defeated by Nadal.

And before that, lest we forget, he has Edmund, who has taken him to the limit in both matches played in the last six months, including a recent 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 loss in Brisbane, during which Edmund twisted his ankle. It was a very good match.

Martic took a medical timeout to receive treatment from a trainer for a hip or upper thigh complaint after the fifth game of the second set.

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Certainly, much was expected of the match between two of the most charismatic young players on the tour. That's why I'm in the quarter-finals, because every time I step on the court, I believe I'm going to win. "I'm just glad to come through that match". Not just I'm playing well but I'm losing or I'm playing well for a set or two. "There were a lot of things I did well and maybe a few things I could do better".

"I'm just really focused right now on my side of the court".

It is a message that Dimitrov has increasingly taken to heart in the a year ago, and judging from those 12 months, he may manage to "go to all the way" this time-though he has that same formidable challenge in the semis: Nadal.

At this point, Seppi was rattled, and Edmund produced an unstoppable third-set performance to take the lead. "It was a really interesting match, quite close first set, he was hitting the ball very clean". Edmund has won three of his last four quarterfinal appearances on the ATP level.

After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover.

Meanwhile on Rod Laver Arena, the most impressive of the familiar contenders in the first week, dipped briefly before beating the shortest man in tennis, Diego Schwartzman, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, in three hours and 51 minutes. I played well; he played well. "It's just another match that I need to go through", he said after his fourth-round victory over Nick Kyrgios. Edged in the tie-break thanks to two mini-breaks, Edmund did not allow his head to drop - he was broken early in the second and hit back straight away, breaking at the end of the set to level up.