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Andy Murray reacts to Kyle Edmund reaching the last-16 of the Australian Open

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Despite the recent disappointment of having to withdraw from the Australian Open due to a persistent hip injury, British number one Andy Murray is still very much in touch with events down under, as demonstrated by his tweet on Friday morning.

The Scot, who has now been sidelined with injury for in excess of six months, took to Twitter to be amongst the first to congratulate world number 49 Kyle Edmund, following his gruelling 7-6 (7-0) 3-6  4-6 6-0 7-5 victory over Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round of the tournament.

Murray has frequently invited Edmund, 23, to his Miami training camps and offered him guidance him during Great Britain's 2015 Davis Cup victory over Belgium.

He is therefore well aware of the Yorkshireman's struggles with on-court fitness during his brief career to date.

Edmund suffered a prolonged attack of cramping whilst leading by a set during a five-set loss to Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in the first round of this event two years ago.

He was also forced to retire from his third round match with Canadian Denis Shapovalov in last year's US Open with a neck injury.

There were no such issues for Edmund on Friday, however, as he triumphed from a set down in a match lasting more than three and a half hours in temperatures of nearly 40C.

Such is the extreme heat, that organisers have been forced to defend the decision not to suspend play as temperatures soar.

2018 Australian Open - Day 5

The Brit coped admirably though, successfully negotiating a 20-minute game to break his opponent in the first game of a 6-0 fourth set whitewash. The performance is Edmund's best in the Australian Open, and he now advances to the last 16 to play either Croatian Ivo Karlovic or Italy's Andreas Seppi.

Murray was full of praise for his fellow Brit's display in the sizzling heat. He tweeted: "Physical test passed.. Mental strength passed..I reckon that's biggest win of @kyle8edmund career! Well done kedders πŸŽΎπŸŽΎπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ @AustralianOpen"

Given Murray's ongoing injury woes, Edmund's form is a welcome boost to British tennis.

Indeed, if Edmund continues to progress at his current rate it may not be unrealistic to expect the two Brits to facing one another in the latter stages of a grand slam before too long.

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