Pressure builds on new Brit basket case
THE Australian Open has become the home of stunning upsets, with each and every game a toss of the coin as to who will walk way the victor.
We watched on as Hyeon Chung tore down the walls of six time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, while Tennys Sandgren dispatched the fifth seeded Dominic Thiem.
Kyle Edmund has added his name to the list of stunning upset.
The 23-year-old Brit, currently ranked number 49 in the world, has the weight of a nation on his shoulders as he heads towards a semi-final showdown against Marin Cilic.
There is arguably no greater pressure in sport than carrying the expectations of British sporting fans and media commentators.
It seems as though the weight of expectation has yet to strike him down after removing Dimitrov in four sets, 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Edmund becomes the first British man not named Andy Murray to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in 41 years while also becoming only the sixth British man to reach a semi-final in the Open Era.
Of course his victory wasn't without some drama.
A crucial break came in the penultimate game of the fourth set with scores at 30-15.
Dimitrov hit a line drive backhand that appeared to just catch the line but Edmund challenged the call - and insanity ensued.
The Hawk-Eye technology display on the big screen inside Rod Laver Arena showed Dimitrov's shot landed right next to the line - and on first glimpse appeared impossible to discern if the line had been caught or not.
The call was so close the Hawk-Eye display failed and did not show any indication on the big screen if the shot has wide or not.
It eventually took the graphic zooming in on the line to see that the ball sailed wide by just 1mm.
The Brit served out the contest in the following game but he was made to wait after Dimitrov unsuccessfully challenged on match point.
"It's an amazing feeling - I'm very happy," Edmund said.
"With these things you're so emotionally engaged that you don't really take it in, you don't really enjoy yourself, so just at the end ... I just really tried to enjoy the moment."
With former world No 1 Murray absent through injury, and No. 9 seed Johanna Konta being eliminated in the second round, the British media spotlight has been firmly focused on Edmund in recent days.
"I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray for the last eight years," Edmund said.
"It comes with the territory. 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, but you try to take it in your stride and try to embrace it as much as possible.
"It's a good problem to have. The more I keep winning, the better."
With a berth in his first ever Grand Slam final within reaching distance, Edmund will be hoping to continue his impressive run.
Standing in his way is the number 6 seed, Croatian Marin Cilic.
The two men have only met once before during the 2017 Shanghai Masters in the round of 32.
Cilic walked away the victor during that contest as he won 6-3, 7-5 before losing in the semi-finals to Rafael Nadal.
After moving past Nadal to set up the meeting with Edmund, Cilic is looking to add a second Grand Slam trophy in his cabinet to go with his US Open title from 2014.