Rafael Nadal 'really believes' in Kyle Edmund after Grand Slam breakthrough

Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open

Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open

Edmund who is ranked 49th in the world, came back from a set down to win 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 at Melbourne Park.

He said: "It was a good test".

"I have known for a while that my game is a good game and it's unsafe and it can beat a lot of players".

"I'm just very happy, keep doing my best", he said.

In earning a quarter-final showdown with either Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios, who were meeting later in the day in the first match of the evening session, Edmund became the first British man other than Murray to reach the last eight here since John Lloyd in 1985.

Edmund knocked out No 11 seed Kevin Anderson in the first round and is in the form of his life, this morning reaching his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final with a four-set win over Andreas Seppi. It's certainly my best result at a slam.

Seppi, the world No 76, is a highly experienced campaigner who has claimed plenty of big scalps in his time.

Croatia's Marin Cilic will be Nadal's next opponent in the quarters on Tuesday after winning his 100th Grand Slam match as he mastered Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets. While there were Italian fans in the crowd, it was clear from an early stage that Edmund had the majority of the support in Hisense Arena, which is the third of the main show courts here.

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Two more break points went begging for Edmund at 3-2 but he finally broke through for 5-3 when Seppi netted a backhand. They were the only break points of the set, which went to a tie-break.

The fourth set was a tighter affair with Seppi calling for the trainer to treat a shoulder issue - something Edmund had done during the first set - and appeared rejuvenated, finding some extra weight behind his groundstrokes and serves.

The British No 2 looked tired in the first set and, although he forced a tie-break, Seppi was clearly the stronger. You have to be locked in and try to take any opportunity you have. Having made 23 unforced errors in the opening set, Edmund made just six in the second. Two points later, however, the Briton clenched his fist in celebration as a thumping forehand victor put him level at 2-2.

But Edmund dialled up his mighty forehand and hit straight back, and when he broke again to level the match, the momentum swung decisively in his favour.

By the time Edmund had gone 3-0 up in the third set he had won five games in a row. He cracked a big victor for the break and then, with ball in hand - his most comfortable setting now - he looked to be pulling away in cruise control at 3-0. A splendid attacking forehand took him to set point, which he converted immediately with a cracking forehand cross-court return victor.

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

Edmund began the third set well breaking Seppi's opening service game on his way to opening up a three game lead and maintained his advantage until he broke once again to move within one set of the final, closing out the set with a forehand victor. Edmund then served out the match easily, clinching victory with another unreturnable serve.

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