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  • Friday 04, December 2020
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Australian Open: What next for Britain's Kyle Edmund?

Australian Open: What next for Britain's Kyle Edmund?

Britain's Kyle Edmund exceeded expectations by reaching a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time in his career at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Was it a one-off or are we likely to see the 23-year-old lift a trophy in the future, like his compatriot Andy Murray?

International News Sport pundits Andrew Castle, John Lloyd and Pat Cash assess what we can expect from Edmund in 2018 and beyond.

'Nobody wants to play Edmund now'

On his way to the last four, Edmund overcame seeds Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov which earned him career-best victories at Tour level.

He eventually came unstuck against sixth seed Marin Cilic on Thursday - who prevailed 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Edmund had to call a trainer after the first set for a hip problem and former British number one Castle said: "I think the injury cost him a shot at winning it.

"He's definitely not right physically but I thought he handled the occasion. If you beat Anderson, Dimitrov and others then you're capable and ready.

"Nobody wants to play Edmund now. That's a reputation that goes round. We knew he had a forehand that could put a hole in you but now people have seen other things: defence, attitude, results at a different level.

"He's going to have to recalibrate his own mind now."