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Edmund victorious.

Kyle Edmund feels like Andy Murray after reaching Australian Open semi-final

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Kyle Edmund shocked the world by beating World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 earlier today.

This way the Brit made it through to the Australian Open semi-finals.

Edmund is Britain's only representative in the singles this year after Andy Murray withdrew with a hip surgery, and he has become only the second British male to make it to last four of the Australian Open since 1977.

This was the 23-year-old Edmund's first ever win over a top 10 player. He would need another similar victory to make it to the final, though, as he will be playing either Rafael Nadal or Marin Cilic for a place in it.

In his interview after the big win, Edmund admitted he now realised what it's like to be Andy Murray

“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray for the last eight years or so,” Edmund joked after the match.

“It comes with the territory of playing professional sport.

“The better you do, the more attention you get.

“It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own so there’s more attention there but you just try to take it in your stride and embrace it as much as possible.

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“It’s a good problem to have when you’re winning and getting all that attention so I guess the more I keep winning the better.”

Murray himself described exactly how he feels about countryman's victory on Twitter, posting: "Wow."

This is the first ever time Edmund has won five tour-level matches in a row.

And, while the Brit admits it was hard to enjoy the match due to the huge pressure, he also believes he can win a first Grand Slam.

“With these sort of things you’re so emotionally engaged you don’t really take it in, you don’t really enjoy yourself, just at the end.

[Scroll to 2:25 in the below video to see Edmund's amusing response]

“It’s my first match on this court and it was very special.

“I had a bit of a dip in that second set and I think it was quite poor tennis at some point but in the third I managed to break him right at the end but I just really held my nerve in that last game and just prayed that last ball was out.

“It’s obviously great. You don’t really think about those things when you’re playing, you’re just trying to do your best. But for sure it’s something I’m going to be proud of at some point.

“As a kid you’re just looking up at idols, guys you aspire to be and when you’re on these type of stages reaching the last stages of one of the best tournaments in the world, it’s obviously very pleasing but of course I want to keep going.”

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