Edmund 'proud' of Melbourne run

26 January 2018 05:47:45 GMTPlus11

Kyle Edmund is proud of his Australian Open semi-final appearance and eager to build on it, having gone down in straight sets to Marin Cilic in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old Yorkshireman lost out 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 against former US Open champion Cilic at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

He was bidding to become just the third British male to contest an Australian Open final in the open era, after Andy Murray and John Lloyd.

Having gone into the season's opening Grand Slam ranked 49th in the world, Edmund's run in Melbourne ensures he'll break into the top-30 for the first time in his career when the rankings are published on Monday.

Along the way he proved he can compete with the world's best, eliminating 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round and world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

I'll definitely go away from the whole week feeling positive.

Kyle Edmund

While down in the wake of his defeat, Edmund knows it represents a big step forward in his career.

"Obviously disappointed right now, but [I] can be very happy with the way I've gone about things. Played a lot of tough matches. Won some tough matches and beat good players," said Edmund.

"This type of tournament just gives you the bug to want more. Once you get a taste, it's like, yeah, I want more of this. I'll definitely go away from the whole week feeling positive."

Cilic, now 10/3 to win the Australian Open title, praised the Briton after what was a hard-fought semi-final success. The Croatian will meet either defending champion Roger Federer or Korean sensation Hyeon Chung Sunday's final.

Meanwhile Lloyd, one of just six British men to make a major semi-final in the professional era, admitted that he'd seen a new side to Edmund's game Down Under that suggests he can be a top-ten player in the future.

"Before the Australian [Open], I would have said Kyle was top-30. I didn't think he had enough flexibility in his game - he didn't have a plan B or C," admitted Lloyd.

"But after watching the Australian I've changed completely now. I think he's got a very good shot at being top 10."

Edmund is 66/1 to win this year's French Open in Paris, while he's 80/1 to win Wimbledon this summer.

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