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In 1970, Roger Taylor did it. Seven
years later, John Lloyd did it. Andy
Murray has done it six times, the
first in 2010. On Tuesday, Kyle
Edmund did it.
Edmund did it. COMMENTATOR: This is
Good afternoon, two days ago Kyle
Edmund became the fourth British man
to reach the Australian Open
semifinals in the 50 years since
open tennis began. What an occasion.
We woke up excited this morning to
see how the newest star of British
tennis would fare in his first Grand
Slam semifinal. Life is changed for
the quiet and shy 23-year-old from
Yorkshire as he has been thrust into
the spotlight in Melbourne. The
journey began with an upset in
rounds one. He defeated the 11th
seed and US Open finalist Kevin
Anderson. After a straight sets win
over Denis Istomin he came through
an epic battle against Nikoloz
Basilashvili. He beat the
experienced Italian Andreas Seppi to
reach his first Grand Slam
quarterfinal. He followed that up
with a blistering display, at
hitting world number three Grigor
Dimitrov to achieve his biggest win
of his career and continued the
remarkable run down under. He had to
wait for wit but eventually the call
came, the ball was out, and Kyle was
through to the last four.
I recognise him! What is the key to
Kyle Edmund's success? He has
credited his coaches Freddie and
Mark but one man who knows him well
is British Davis Cup captain Leon
Smith, who has been courtside for
all his matches and he talks about
how Kyle's game has evolved.
Pre-season he worked hard on his
serve and the numbers are good with
a lot of aces and accurately hitting
the spots and being more consistent,
a big plus. His return has improved.
In them's tennis they are important,
serving, returning. Clearly the
biggest thing is mindset,
confidence. If you look at the first
win here against Kevin Anderson, he
had not beaten a top 15 player.
Great performances but not a win.
When he won that you could see, OK,
I belong. And he has since built
momentum. When you think of the time
he has spent with Andy Murray, who
has taken him under his wing.
Spending a lot of time at Davis Cup
weeks with him, which helps a young
man, making the transition from
juniors. Now he is his own man. In a
good plays. Last night I saw him,
happy and laughing, and he should
be, in the semifinals of a Grand
Slam. He will have to play well and
playing a long match, you would
think, you could not see a quick win
against Marin Cilic but it is about
taking chances and executing them
Kyle Edmund is one of the
biggest hitters on tour and today
faced another in Marin Cilic. New
territory for Kyle Edmund, but Marin
has been there before, winning his
first Grand Slam in the US Open in
2014 and lost the Wimbledon final
last year when blisters thwarted his
chances against Roger Federer. Cilic
has experience in the latter stages
of Grand Slams. No doubt nerves were
jangling as Kyle Edmund made his way
to court. This is what you train
for, this is why you work hard, to
compete in matches like this. We are
set for Cilic against Edmund and we
join the match from the start with
commentators John Lloyd and Andrew
As a statement of intent, that first
point tells you a lot. Kyle Edmund
settling in, teeing off on the
second serve return and backing it
up with a little bit of touch.
Cilic has been bouncing the ball a
lot. It is an indication of nerves.
Kyle Edmund getting hold of the
returns on the forehand sign. It is
a bright start for the English
It is a fantastic start. Not just
his forehand which has caused
eyebrows to raise during the course
of this Australian Open and the five
matches he has won, it is his
backhand. Freddie working with Kyle
Two break points saved with two
first serves to Kyle Edmund's
backhand side. It is a
backhand side. It is a settler for
Mr Cilic is challenging the
The umpire, from Australia.
The eyes have not settled into the
match yet, Cilic.
A bit unlucky there. The net cord
slowed the ball up. Good that he is
using this shot, twice in the
opening game. One a winner and that
just hit the top of the net. But
that could be an important shot. To
open up the forehand side.
It is a great game to win for Marin
Cilic, two break points down. His
nerves were frayed, he looked
rattled, bouncing the ball a lot,
but a fine hold. 1-0.
STUDIO: A promising start from Carl
Edmund. We pick up the action later
in the set at 3-2 and Edmund
serving. -- Kyle Edmund.
A good return from Cilic. But Edmund
a little bit slow to get out wider
for the backhand.
Some big forehands in that rally.
Just over 20 minutes in and
Cilic, who said two break points on
his own serve has two opportunities
to strike the first blow here.
The umpire just reacting to a glance
from Cilic, how was that? Yes,
looked long. Of course, he could
That is a wave. The net cord has not
helped -- away. This former Grand
Slam champion, former US Open
champion in 2014, Cilic, strikes the
first blow. This is the last game
with the slightly older tennis
balls, so perhaps not as quick
through the air. Edmund will want to
strike back straightaway.
A superb volley from Cilic, a
difficult volley with no pace to
work with. This one, look at the way
he opened the racket face. Really
tough for Edmund to get over someone
as tall as Cilic from that position
on the court.
He will have to watch on the service
game, the second serve is a little
bit too much down the middle of the
court and Cilic, unlike Grigor
Dimitrov, will get around the second
serve and put you under pressure off
That is what I can do to you when
you hit short on the serve.
Cilic backing up the break of serve
with these pounding ground strokes.
How will Kyle Edmund counter this?
How will he resist the onslaught
from Cilic? He will have to think on
his feet in this match. That is a
relief, he was nowhere near that.
The backhand down the line has
caused as many problems for Cilic as
the much talked about Kyle Edmund
It is the accurate serve
we have talked about. Not as many
aces as the big guys but that serve
puts you under such pressure.
The backhand mistake. Cilic, big
hold. Tremendous seven games for
Cilic from break points down in the
first game. His coach delighted.
I wonder if he should push this back
into play. Something they have been
working on. A couple of very
important pushes on the forehand
side just blocking either a return
or a tough ball out wide.
or a tough ball out wide. In his
previous match, a fantastic victory
over Grigor Dimitrov. You just
bolster Holden asks Cilic the
question, can you hold your nerve
when the pressure is on?
when the pressure is on? -- you just
ask Cilic the question. Cilic is
returning well. He is returning
fast. The ball is arriving back at
Kyle Edmund very quickly.
moment, the Edmund serve on the
forehand, the big weapons, not
having much penetration on Cilic.
having much penetration on Cilic. He
does not want to go for shots like
that after his first serve. He is
not dominating in those areas.
Looking to break for the second
time, Cilic. Set point.
And you have to say that is just too
good. But remember, Cilic phased
break points first. An absolute key
moment in game number one. Cilic put
it behind him and after 35 minutes,
not looking quite so good now for
Britain's Australian Open
STUDIO: Edmund struggling physically
and called for the trainer and after
lengthy discussion the two left the
court to receive treatment. A sad
sight for British bands but despite
this Kyle Edmund picked up his game
to go toe to toe with Cilic in set
number two. And 2-2, this happened.
Mr Cilic is challenging the
The amount of times I have said
that... Exactly, that is the whole
Get the referee, that is
rubbish. Edmund pumped up and on the
next point the powerful return sent
a clear message. However, Cilic
rallied to hold serve and we pick up
the match at 4-4.
ANDREW CASTLE: Tight.
An excellent return backed up by the
big forehand. 0- 13. -- 0-30.
No first serves yet for Cilic in
this important game.
That was a short second serve. That
was a tight serve.
He got away with
it. Good matchplay from Kyle Edmund.
He was going to go for that. He is
not going to hang about.
He still cannot find a first serve.
Does Edmund threaten the second
It hit the line.
Net cord onto the line. Tight. A bit
This barren run on the first serve
was not going to last the whole
game, was it?
Cilic holding from 0-30 down. An
important hold. Just a game away
from going two sets up.
STUDIO: A missed opportunity for
Edmund. The rest the set goes with
serve and we pick up action at the
start the tie-break.
It is excellent work from Britain's
Kyle Edmund. Ranked at number 49 in
the world. And bidding to become the
lowest ranked player to reach a
Grand Slam final in singles since
Marcos Baghdatis here. 12 years ago
now. He was ranked at 54. He's not
about rankings right now.
Cilic is the US Open champion in
2014, he dismissed Federer and
kindness should -- Nishikori in the
final. He has been there and done
Croatian heavy mob delighted with
Superb backhand down-the-line.
Superb return from Cilic.
You have to take your hat off to
Marin Cilic's work. A return right
from the return. Cilic dictating.
Having the courage to strike,
strooic the ball firmly and drive
Bound to be challenged.
Did it drop?
Yes. It did.
Replay the point,
unfortunately means Cilic gets a
Absolutely brittleant. I mean that
thing was way up in the Australian
sky. The volley was the one. He came
in here and he was a bit careful on
that one. It almost went out.
Marin Cilic... Vastly experienced
Croatian player. The backhand strike
and really you have to say he's got
for this serve.
A long way back now for Kyle Edmund.
So Cilic raised his game when it
mattered in the tie-break and gave
himself a commanding lead in the
match. We rejoin knit the third set.
-- rejoin it in the third set.
, when you haven't come back from
two sets down in your career...
tough. This would be the greatest
Especially injured, as we think he
What a return. What a return.
That's as good as it gets right
there from Marin Cilic.
A big return. The difference between
him and Dimitrov on the Kyle Edmund
serve. Dimitrov tended to slice the
ball back. Edmund was always in the
point, but Cilic can hurt you so
badly on the return of serve.
Took the pace off it and the blow in
this third and possibly final set is
struck by Marin Cilic, who will go
to world number three with a victory
here, which will be a new
career-high. What has Edmund got
Another break for Cilic. Could
there be anyway back for Edmund? We
pick up the action at 4-2 in the
Not getting down on the ball. It is
an effort, isn't it? It's not that
spring that he had in the earlier
That must be a little thought going
through Leon Smith's head right now,
watching this, I would imagine.
Britain to play Spain away on clay.
Going to Marbella. Three days,
starting from next Friday.
There's that forehand. Haven't
talked too much about it this match
because we haven't seen that many
winners of it.
Been one of the great shots of the
tournament, I think if you listen to
all the ex-players and even players
who played against Edmund. Talking
about, it is a huge weapon, but not
tonight. Not today, should I say?
Superb! We think back to the
blisters and the slight meltdown he
had against Roger Federer, having
beaten Sam Querrey in the
semi-finals of Wimbledon. He wasn't
able to give his best. But Cilic...
Cilic, such belief in his game now.
A tremendous tournament, no matter
what happens for Kyle Edmund and his
coach there and Mark Hylton as well.
More to come, but perhaps not
I think he's doing superbly well,
Kyle, I really do. You see the limp
when he's walking between points.
It is amazing how many times a
player get injured when they are
achieving new heights in the game.
It is a mental as well as physical
strain. You are just going into
-- into new territory. A new career
high-ranking waits, a new
Who knows, he might not be done
It is not easy getting across
the winning line.
He had a similar sort of return of
serve on break point, Cilic and hit
it out. But no messing around with
It is hard to play with 70% of your
weight on your left foot.
The only break points Kyle Edmund
had were in the first game of the
This is a virtual match point.
Marin Cilic is on for big serves and
his spirit have taken him one game
away from another major final.
It's been a fantastic tournament for
Britain's Kyle Edmund. No matter
what happens, over the next few
minutes, he'll be so proud he's made
his first semifinal at this level.
But Marin Cilic, he's been there
before, on how many occasions?
Serves for a place in this
It is just a sledgehammer of a
serve. Six foot six inches tall.
Two points away.
Very tidy. Playing percentages
beautifully against his opponent.
Second tie-break in this match.
Cilic with two points to advance to
another Grand Slam final.
Fabulous from Marin Cilic. Straight
sets. Fabulous tournament for Kyle
Edmund. He wishes Cilic well.
He wishes him well for Sunday's
final. That is a tremendous effort,
it really is. Could have easily gone
away against Rafael Nadal, who
played Roberto Bautista Agut earlier
in the tournament. These are hard
men to play. He's been in the final
of Wimbledon. He's won the US Open
and now the third of the four slams,
he's in the final in Melbourne. Kyle
Edmund would have learnt such a lot,
John Lloyd, over the course of his
six matches here. I don't think Ed
mund has been at his best, certainly
not the case. I think we'll find out
more about his injury.
It's been a
tremendous tournament. He knows
tremendous tournament. He knows now
he belongs. Talking about the latter
stages of a Grand Slam. He competed
well. He definitely wasn't quite
You have become the first Croatian,
male or female to make it to an
Australian final. That is a great
way to start our interview.
Congratulations with that. You, the
first set, you faced a couple of
break points in your first service
game, then you got on a roll. Turned
it around the second set. It became
very competitive. How about that
second part of the set - what were
the keys to get you to that two set
to love lead?
I think the second set
I was moving up and down with my
game. I was not getting enough
returns back to put pressure on him
and his service games. He started to
serve quite good and started to
release a couple of his forehands.
It was difficult to connect a couple
of points in a row. I just stayed
mentally very focussed to play every
single point. It was crucial in the
tie-break obviously to keep that
After the first set, he
went off court. He received some
medical treatment and he seemed to
play quite well after that. But
maybe looked like towards the end of
the first set he was slowing a
little bit. How aware were you of
his condition? How much do you pay
attention to that in a significant
match like this?
I noticed that in
the third game in the third set,
when I broke him, he just let a
couple of balls go past him. So, I
was realising that he might want to
release a couple more forehands now.
I was seeing at his moment he was a
little bit restricted. I tried to
move the ball around and obviously
that second break was extremely
It is his first semifinal.
He's a player on the rise. What is
your overall thoughts on Kyle and
his future going forward. He's one
of the young stars coming into the
He's been playing tennis
greatly the last couple of days. He
started great this year. He had an
extremely tough run to the semis.
Four setters as well. Definitely it
left some scars on his body, as I
can feel that too. But that means
he's got a bright future and we will
be seeing him a lot around.
In the end a straight sets win for
Cilic. The enormity of the occasion
taking its toil on Tiel. Let's see
what he said after the match.
short-term I am disappointed. I have
to accept that and didn't get my
best out on court, that's for sure.
So many positives override the whole
two weeks thatvy to focus on that.
Very pleased with what I did at the
start of the year.
Was it a hip
Yes. There's a bit of a
problem, but it's irrelevant right
now. When you get this environment,
the latter stage of a Grand Slam you
get the bug to want more and it's
like you get greedy. It only gives
you more determination to put it
right next time. I'm in that
situation I could have handled it
better, know what to expect. In the
short-term I have a bit of a problem
with my hip, but, it's what it is.
So, next week I want to be in
Marbella playing. If I am not ready,
I'm not ready.
Fingers crossed he'll
be OK for the Davis Cup next week.
Cilic is through.
We will have highlights tomorrow
from 5pm in the afternoon.
It was It wasn't to be for Kyle
Edmund. You feel sorry because the
injury did affect him in the match
injury did affect him in the match
Absolutely. He's had such an
amazing Tournament from being a very
good player. You wonder if he's got
that extra thing to move up to the
top. During the off season it is
amazing, his return of serve now is
so much better. The serve and the
forehand which were big have got
better. Now he looks like he feels
he belongs with the big guys and he
does. But today he wasn't there. For
him to have beaten Cilic, he would
have had to have been at 100%.
will not get many cheap points from
Marin Cilic, are you?
after taking a medical time out. We
were not sure about it. We have more
clarity now. As well as belonging,
he's happen p i to go toe-to--- he's
happy to go toe-to-toe with these
guys. Did the same with Dimitrov to
come back to win in five sets.
Cilic, you mentioned earlier on, in
the heat and what is really good
news is that he was happy to go
toe-to-toe with this six foot six
inch Croatian and I love it. There
was an alteration after the medical
time out, he's not feeling good and
then this, they will love this -
look at this moment here. This
then this, they will love this -
look at this moment here. This is a
return On the forehand. Don't blink!
Bang! That is after an altercation
and that tells you a lot about the
young man. It tells you he's
maturing. He's 23 now. Look there...
Loves that moment. There's been a
fight and he was ready to take him
on. That will be very important
going ahead. People like Cilic do
not buckle easily.
He had his
chances. 4-4 in that second set.
0-30. Some points he would love to
He had that second serve
return and that one there. He was
off balance. Didn't really go for
that one the way he should have
done. He had a chance in the next
rally as well. This was the game for
him. It wasn't quite there today. He
He had to win the second set and
that could have gone anywhere. These
are the margins. Who would have
thought a bloke ranked 4th, OK he's
been top 0 -- 49th. OK he's been top
40. Who would have thought he could
have been here or there. I don't
think he was fit enough.
For such a
shy man, and he is, he's really
taken the spotlight and he's
He has. He looks like
he belongs now. At this game, when
you get to the top level, this is
where it all counts. Now he believes
in ims. I think there have been
occasions in the last couple of
years at times he's looked brittle.
Particularly when he's up against
opponents and they have got his game
plan. He's gone away easily at
times. I was thinking, I don't know
if he'll have that Plan B and C,
which you need to. During these two
weeks he's had to play amazing
matches in the heat. He's come
through and now he thinks he
belongs. They have worked him hard
and he will go up.
Pat Cash believes
he can be a top ten player. Do you
It is one of the
favourite conversations - watching
the growth of this young man. I
think people would say top 20, if he
does well. Maybe top 30. We can say
safely top ten is within reach.
Whether he can win a slam, who
knows? It doesn't matter what we
think, anyway. It is what's in here
for him. I think he feels he's
maximising his potential. People
say, are we putting too much
pressure on him? No. He loves it.
He's ready and it will be fun to
watch. We're very lucky to watch
another player at this level.
will be seeded at the slams as well.
That is all good news. Wasn't to be
today for Kyle Edmund. Other matches
were played and the lady's final was
Caroline Wozniacki won
Caroline Wozniacki won in straight
sets Beating Mertens. Wozniacki got
tense trying to close out the match.
And in the finals she will face
Simona Halep. She beat Kerber. So, a
first Grand Slam title and the
number one ranking at stake on
For one of them it will be third
time lucky. We will have highlights
on BBC One on Saturday at 1. 15pm of
that lady's final. There is a lot of
sport to look forward to before
then. It will be a late night if you
want to watch the indoor bowls
championship. We will be back
tomorrow - 5pm, on BBC Two,
So, all of that to come. The three
of us will be back tomorrow. Will it
be a repeat of the Wimbledon final?
Probably. For Kyle Edmund, well his
superb run is over, but we have
enjoyed the journey. We hope you
did, too. Goodbye.
It is not looking so good now for
Britain's Australian semi-finalist.
Kyle Edmund has taken this time out.
Kyle never loses it. A long way back
now for Edmund.
Fabulous performance from Marin
Cilic. A fabulous
Sue Barker presents highlights of the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne, including Kyle Edmund v Marin Cilic.