Kyle Edmund’s thrilling run at this year’s Australian Open is at an end as he bowed out of the tournament after losing his semi-final to Marin Cilić in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Cilić, the World No.6, proved too much for the 23-year-old, winning 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Having previously only made the fourth round of a Grand Slam once before in his career, the Yorkshireman has defied the odds to make it this far in Melbourne, defeating two seeded players en-route to the last four, including third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final.
With Andy Murray withdrawing before the tournament started to undergo hip surgery, all hopes were pinned on Edmund to be only the third British male in the Open Era to make the final, but it sadly wasn’t to be.
Gruelling matches in previous rounds, including two five-setters, seemed to take their toll on Edmund as he lacked the explosive groundstrokes that have helped him advance so far in Melbourne.
The big serving Cilić wrapped up the first set 6-2 in just over half an hour, with the Brit requiring a medical time out, with the physical demands hindering his performance.
The second set was a tighter affair, with Edmund producing moments of brilliance to force a tiebreak, which the Croatian eventually won 7-4.
From that moment onwards, it seemed an impossible task for Edmund, and Cilić went on to claim the final set 6-2.
The 2014 US Open Champion will face either Roger Federer or youngster Hyeon Chung in the final, Cilić’s second in three Grand Slams – after reaching last year’s Wimbledon final.
The Croatian will rise to third in the ATP Rankings, while Edmund – currently the World No. 49, will jump into the top 25 for the first time in his career.