Kyle Edmund battled from behind in scorching heat to claim the ‘biggest win of his career’ in the Australian Open early this morning.
The Brit fought back from two sets to one down against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili to win in five sets, 7-6 (7-0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5.
Temperatures rose to a searing 39C in Melbourne during play, as Edmund booked his place in the fourth round versus either Ivo Karlovic or Andreas Seppi.
After the impressive win, side-lined British number one Andy Murray tweeted: “Physical test passed… mental strength passed… I reckon that’s the biggest win of Kyle Edmund’s career!”
Ranked 49th in the world, Edmund clocked up 70 winners, but made 64 errors and missed 20 break points in the heat of the battle.
This is his best Australian Open result, after seeing off Kevin Anderson, Denis Istomin, and now Basilashvili. He will now be looking to beat his best ever Grand Slam finish, a last 16 appearance at the 2016 US Open.
Edmund started the first set and a half extremely well, putting himself one up and in a strong position before losing seven games in a row.
Before long, Kyle found himself two sets to one down, with a mountain to climb in the beating Melbourne sun.
He managed to turn it around in the fourth set after a crucial crunching win in one game that spanned 20 minutes, with 15 deuces. This acted as a springboard for what Edmund was about to do.
He went on the breeze through the fourth set, beating his opponent to love, and taking it to a final set.
In the fifth, Edmund out himself 3-2 up, but missed two break point to nudge himself into the lead. At 4-4 Basilashvili then missed his own forehand chance that could have left him serving for the match.
A 17th double fault of the day from the Croatian gave Edmund his first match point, which he took as Basilashvili sent a backhand sailing out the back of the court.
Edmund collapsed into his seat, exhausted by his mammoth effort, and ready for a long ice bath in the changing rooms.
After the match, Edmund said: “It was hot. It’s tough. There is no getting around it. Mentally I just accepted it. Physically you’re probably not going to be feeling at your best. That’s just the way I approached it.
“Best of five sets in that kind of heat is really good for my career and my confidence going forward.”
When asked if it was the best game of his career, he said: “It’s definitely up there for sure.”
Edmund now moves into the fourth round, and fancies his chances going forward.
“I’m pretty confident. Two sleeps until the match. I guess the beauty of Grand Slams is that you get the day off.”