Kyle Edmund crashes out to Grigor Dimitrov after nasty fall in Brisbane

Nick Kyrgios defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in Brisbane

Grigor Dimitrov showed great sportsmanship to come to the aid of Kyle Edmund before moving into a semi-final against Nick Kyrgios, as Alex De Minaur continued his unexpected run on home soil at the Brisbane International. Dimitrov wasted no time in lending a helping hand, sprinting to the other side of the net to assist his opponent to the changeover seat. 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.

"At the end of the day it's health above all", said Dimitrov. It was very unfortunate what happened, for sure.

"I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself now for the Australian Open", said Kyrgios, who failed to advance past the second round in 2017 grand slams.

So when Edmund was wrong-footed by a Dimitrov forehand on Friday, and crashed to the ground with a shout of pain, it was natural to fear the worst.




Edmund had new strapping applied to his ankle but clearly wasn't moving freely when he returned and lost the next two games, the latter one off his own serve. "I really hope he gets better".

"I knew the last two games he wasn't at his best so I just had to find a way again".

In the third round, the victor in the ATP 250 race struggled with Kyle Edmund 6:3, 6:7, 6:4 in three sets and qualified for the 1/2 finals.

With the other semi-final featuring wildcard Alex De Minaur against unfancied American Ryan Harrison, the victor of Kyrgios vs Dimitrov will be hot favourite to lift the trophy.

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