Brisbane | Dimitrov to face Edmund
World number three Grigor Dimitrov saved two match points as he outlasted Australian wildcard John Millman in the second round of the Brisbane International and will face the British No.2 Kyle Edmund next.
I was just happy I kept good composure on the court, striking the ball well and fighting.
Whatever I had today, I was happy I could win with it.Grigor Dimitrov
The defending champion Grigor Dimitrov took just over two-and-a-half hours to vanquish the spirited John Millman 4-6 7-6(8) 6-3.
Edmund came through to the quarter-finals after defeating 18-year-old Korean Chung Hyeon with his second three-setter of the week, 7-6(3) 5-7 6-4.
Millman held two match points in the second set tie-breaker which were saved by some inspired play by the Bulagrian.
“John played unbelievable tonight,” Dimitrov said. “He deserved to win tonight. He got a bit unlucky in the tiebreaker.
“I was just happy I kept good composure on the court, striking the ball well and fighting.
“Whatever I had today, I was happy I could win with it.”
He believed the match would help him set up for the first grand slam of the season which starts on Jan 15 in Melbourne.
“The first match of the year and I get to play two-and-a-half hours,” he said.
“I was prepared physically and mentally.”
On a day when British tennis suffered some severe setbacks, Edmund brought some hope with his win over Chung.
The Brit recovered from losing the second set to stride to victory in the decider.
“He got a lot of momentum at the end of the second, broke me twice pretty quickly,” Edmund said.
“So it was a good third set. I made an effort to really try and step up the intensity and energy and put some pressure on him.”
American Ryan Harrison downed Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2, while Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan was too strong for Jared Donaldson defeating the American 7-6(5) 6-2.
The quarter-final line-up, which features only two seeded players, reads Dimitrov (1) v Edmund, Nick Kyrgios (5) v Alexander Dolgopolov, Usa Mmoh v Alexander De Minaur and Istomin v Harrison.