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What Grigor Dimitrov did when Kyle Edmund collapsed with injury was really class

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Grigor Dimitrov is through to the semi-final of the Brisbane International in Australia after a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 victory over Kyle Edmund.

The Bulgarian set up what promises to be an exciting encounter against Nick Kyrgios as his preparations for the Australian Open continue.

While Dimitrov continues to impress, his opponent in the quarter-final faced a major injury scare in the third set.

Edmund went down on the baseline after appearing to roll over on his right ankle mid-rally.

The injury occurred with Dimitrov serving, the match tied at 4-4 in the final set. Edmund was forced to take a medical timeout and thankfully returned, albeit with heavy strapping around his ankle.

With the year’s first Grand Slam imminent, it was the last thing Edmund needed. He was heard telling his physio that he “heard a crack” before falling to the ground.

The fact that he was able to continue, however, is hugely promising.

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Fans love what Dimitrov did

Dimitrov has received plenty of praise from tennis fans for his reaction to Edmund’s injury.

The world number three immediately sprinted over to his opponent, hurdling the net and helping him to his feet.

Dimitrov then led Edmund over to his chair. It was a class gesture from the 26-year-old.

Check out the reaction from fans on Twitter.

Dimitrov will play Kyrgios next

Next up for Dimitrov is a semi-final clash against Kyrgios, who booked his place in the final four with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The Australian attributed his slow start to his “unpredictable” character.

"As bad as it is to say, it's kind of like a tap - I can turn it on when I want to,” Kyrgios said after the win.

"That's just me, I guess. Very unpredictable - don't really know how I'm going to come out.

"But if a boxer puts his gloves down in a boxing ring, I wouldn't really call it tanking so it's just a strategy and obviously it worked again today."

Kyrgios will be fully aware that he won’t get away with making such a poor start when he faces Dimitrov.

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