Brisbane | Edmund suffers scare against top seed
British tennis suffered another shock when Kyle Edmund crashed to the ground during his battle with the top seeded Grigor Dimitrov who hurdled the net to go the assistance of the fallen Briton and helping him to his chair.
At the end of the day, health above all (matters). It's very unfortunate what happened. I've seen this too many times. I know the feeling. I really hope he gets better. In the last two games he wasn't at his best. I just had to find a way again Grigor Dimitrov
Fortunately the injury looked worse than it was and while he returned to the fray after a medical time out to have the ankle strapped, the match itself had lost its way with the Bulgarian taking full advantage to close it out 6-3 7-6(3) 6-4.
The fall occurred during the eighth game of the decider with Edmund, world ranked 50, holding his own against the world No.3 and ATP Tour Finals champion.
Dimitrov now goes on to face Nick Kyrgios, the third seed, who recovered from a poor start to progress into the last four, with a 1-6 6-3 6-4 win over former finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Speaking after the match, Dimitrov explained his reaction to Edmund’s fall.
“At the end of the day, health above all (matters). It’s very unfortunate what happened. I’ve seen this too many times. I know the feeling. I really hope he gets better.
“In the last two games he wasn’t at his best. I just had to find a way again.”
Asked if he was concerned about injuring himself as he crossed the net, Dimitrov said it was something he didn’t think twice about.
“It was just such an instinct for me,” he replied. “I didn’t think, ‘OK, I’m just going to go around the net, or I’m going to go that post.’ It was just like such a natural instinct for me to go and jump over.
“I do it sometimes at practice just for fun and all that, but obviously it was different circumstances today.”
Earlier, Kyrgios had his left knee heavily taped but didn’t appear to be hampered as he worked his way into the match after dropping the first set in 22 minutes.
“I knew that I had to do something a little bit differently today. I couldn’t give him too much rhythm,” Kyrgios said after his match.
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 semi-final. The 18-year-old De Minaur will play Ryan Harrison, who led 7-6(6) 4-2 when Denis Istomin retired from their quarterfinal match with a hip strain.
“There were a lot of nerves coming into this match. It was a big opportunity for me,” De Minaur said. “But I came in here a little more level-headed (than the Raonic match), had more time to play, and was able to play my best tennis.”