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Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

Kyle Edmund reaches Australian Open quarter-final, his first in grand slams, with powerful win over Andreas Seppi

Australian Open 2018: Order of play for Sunday Kyle Edmund battles blistering Australian Open heat Edmund lost first set and needed shoulder treatment But Beverley boy roared back to win the next three sets! Kyle Edmund fought off weariness and Andreas Seppi to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. After his gruelling five-set duel with Nikoloz Basilashvili in the intense heat on Friday, the key question was how well would Edmund have been able to recover. His fatigue was evident but from a set and a break down the 23-year-old ramped up the power on his destructive forehand and romped to a 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 victory. Edmund struck 63 winners, including 25 aces, and his reward is a blockbuster last-eight clash with either third seed Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios. "It's a good feeling," said Edmund, who is fast becoming one of the most exciting young talents in the game. "It was a really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was hitting the ball very clean. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I changed the momentum." Edmund was attempting to become the first British man other than Andy Murray to reach the last eight in Melbourne since John Lloyd in 1985, and the first at any slam since Tim Henman 14 years ago. Kyle Edmund of Britain hits a shot against Andreas Seppi of Italy Credit: Reuters The rankings made the 23-year-old the favourite - 49 to Seppi's 76 - while he had won their only previous meeting. But Seppi is a former top-20 player and a man of some pedigree in Melbourne having reached the last 16 on three previous occasions and beaten Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios twice. It was clear early in the match that Edmund was not physically fresh. He was allowing balls he would normally have chased down to sail past him and not getting low enough on his groundstrokes. But the mind was willing and his serve helped him out of a big hole when he faced five break points in the eighth game. He took a medical time-out for treatment to his right shoulder at 5-6 and held serve to force a tie-break, which was even until Edmund went the wrong way with a forehand and watched despairingly as Seppi landed a backhand winner. Edmund looked in big trouble when he dropped serve early in the second set but the Yorkshireman responded with a go-for-broke attitude and got his reward with an immediate break back. It was to prove the turning point. Seppi's second serve was no match for the Edmund forehand when the 23-year-old unleashed his big weapon at 5-6 and he took his second set point as the Italian's forehand hit the top of the net and dropped wide. Edmund overcame fatigue to take victory Credit: Getty Images This was a huge opportunity, too, for the 33-year-old, who was looking to reach his first slam quarter-final at the 52nd time of asking and become the first Italian man through to the last eight here since 1991. But the sure-footedness with which he had begun the match had started to slip and it was Edmund who suddenly looked full of belief. He made it five games in a row with another break early in the third set and crunched a forehand winner to repeat the feat and take the set. Seppi needed treatment to his shoulder during the fourth set but resisted the Edmund pressure well for his first three service games. However, it seemed a matter of when rather than if the British player would break and so it proved in the eighth game. Edmund pumped his fist and confidently served out his landmark victory. Press Association. 8:37AM Simon Briggs will have his match report up presently. I myself will bid you good morning. 8:35AM Kyle Edmund "Good feeling. Really interesting match. I didn't feel I got off to the best start, he was dictating a lot of points. Once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match. "He has reached the fourth round five times, he has had some five-setters." Credit: Eurosport 1 Idiotic Question: You have got the weight of a nation on your shoulders, how does that feel? Answer: "You are playing for your nation but you are playing for yourself. You prepare the same. I know people have been getting up at silly hours of the morning and I am grateful for that." Idiotic Question now about whether Kyle will have to get a new outfit for playing Kyrios. Not sure who that interviewer is but he's made a berk of himself there. Anyhow. That's not important. What is important is that Kyle Edmund has played a really fine match, and he is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final! Well played Kyle. 8:29AM Kyle Edmund wins 3-1 (6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3) That's a terrific effort from Kyle Edmund, coming back from a set down and a break down to defeat a wily, experienced opponent who has been ranked as high as 18. Credit: Eurosport 1 8:28AM Edmund 6-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) Kyle with a superb forehand as he sends the Italian the wrong way. 15-0. An ace, his 25th, brooks no argument next point. Two points away. Serve down the middle is no good. Seppi plays a lovely point here, precise, calm to take it to 30-15. Brave, free swinging stuff from Kyle here as he plays a great groundstroke on the angle. It's match point. Kyle Edmund serves out wide, Seppi cannot get it back and that's game, set and match Kyle Edmund. Rafa Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 8:25AM Edmund* 5-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)          Edmund has a moment here. Wins the first point on the Seppi serve, and now he does run around a forehand to manufacture an angle. Thumping groundstroke. 0-30. Seppi's in trouble, and more so when he fails with the first serve. But Seppi digs in deep and nails a backhand down the line to get back to 15-30. Edmund comes again, he drives Seppi back further and further with might groundstrokes and now slams a whippy winner home for two break points. Brave serve from Seppi saves one. But at 30-40, he puts the first serve into the net. An exchange from the baseline comes to an end when Seppi slaps the ball into the net and Kyle Edmund has broken the serve again. 8:22AM Edmund 4-3 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         Edmund with the hold. 8:18AM Edmund* 3-3 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)         It's deuce, Seppi is serving. He has been called for a foot fault and that makes a double fault. Credit: Eurosport He protests bitterly to the umpire. "I have never been called for a foot fault in my life," he says. Credit: Eurosport 1 Maybe that perceived injustice is what Seppi needs. His next serve is his fastest of the match. It's a third deuce. He's raging now and maybe that is exactly the inspiration that could propel him back into the match. He wraps up the game and it is 3-3. They did not show or do not have a camera angle of the FF. I don't really get it. Either it's a foot fault or it isn't, right? Nadal is through by the way 8:10AM Edmund 3-2 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        Seppi sends Edmund scurrying hither and yon along the baseline and, possibly, the first signs of tiredness from Kyle Edmund as he gives up on the pursuit. Now Kyle sends a shot down the line, er, outside the line and there's signs of life for Seppi at 30-30. Kyle's first serve is out. A weak shot from Seppi at 30-30 though, he had a real chance there and he dogged it. Edmund wraps the game up soon after and the first little mini crisis is averted. Simon Briggs of this parish has just said on BBC Radio: "I don't think Edmund has the strength in his legs that he'd like. He has stopped running around his forehand. I don't know whether that's because he doesn't think it's working or because he's trying to save his legs." 8:07AM Edmund* 2-2 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)        It's 30-30, Seppi is serving. An ace. An unreturnable. That massage seems to have helped, he was serving with a bit more pop in that game. Perhaps that break will have taken a bit of the wind out of Kyle's sails too. 8:01AM Edmund 2-1 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Edmund bangs in his 23rd ace, Seppi is well and truly up against it here. I am not familiar enough with Seppi to be able to tell you what he might be able to do to get back in this game but he looks overmatched in all departments right now and only a physical breakdown by Edmund could derail him as it stands. Talking of physical... a trainer is on to massage one of the players' shoulders - but it's not Edmund, it is Seppi! He has called a medical time out and is getting massage on his shoulder. He does not look like an Italian who is loving life. Credit: Eurosport 7:59AM Edmund* 1-1 Seppi (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)       Seppi has held that game but my goodness he had to battle for it. 7:53AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) (6-7, 7-5, 6-2)      Kyle has absolutely raced to 40-0 here, but some game work from Seppi on the baseline, a whipped backhand crosscourt beguiles Edmund at the net. 40-15. Edmund snuffs out any hopes with a banging ace, that's the first game and it's all looking rosy. 7:50AM Kyle has the balls He has the service. Has he got the mental strength to get over the line here? It certainly looks like it. Leaving the great Sir Andy Murray, who is obviously on a totally different level aside, this would be the best result in British men's tennis since Tim Henman's days. 7:48AM Meanwhile  Nick K is warming up and will be on next. Credit: Eurosport 1 7:46AM Kyle Edmund leads two sets to one He totally dominated that third set and it's 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in favour of the Briton, who has every chance now of going into the quarter final now 7:45AM Edmund* 6-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)     Nothing going for Seppi. At 15-40, he gets a bit unlucky with a net cord, meaning that he needs a second serve. Said second serve sits up and says hello, Kyle Edmund savages it across court and that is game and the third set to Kyle Edmund. 7:43AM One game away from the third set Credit: Eurosport 1 7:40AM Edmund 5-2 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Edmund is bossing this now. He's held his serve with the minimum of ceremony and is now just a game away from a richly deserved lead. 7:39AM Quality social media game as well So cool going to the Yorkshire Tea headquarters and factory yesterday in Harrogate to see how the tea is made and do a bit ‘tea tasting’. Anyone from Yorkshire will understand you’re not a proper Yorkshireman if you don’t like a good cuppa. Thanks to @yorkshiretea for inviting me pic.twitter.com/VJnd2RF3vD— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) November 18, 2017 7:38AM Edmund* 4-2 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)    Seppi holds that game. Edmund seems to be grousing as he fails to run onto a groundstroke. Fitness is an issue I suppose for KE. 7:34AM Edmund 4-1 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   Kyle Edmund is bossing this now. He's reeled off a service game with the minimum of fuss and he looks younger, stronger, more powerful and more confident than his Italian opponent. Seppi being overpowered. Edmund has a fantastic physique for modern tennis. 7:33AM Edmund* 3-1 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)   The challenge for Kyle Edmund now is not to let his level dip, and that applies also to your faithful live blogger who has yet to have any breakfast and as such became easily beguiled by the below incredible tweet. It's competition time! It's a really hard one today. These are genuine pictures of 'emotional support animals' on flights. Can you name the country they are flying in? It is... A. America? B. U.S.A? C. The States? pic.twitter.com/yS5LFdjRSQ— Stansaid Airport (@StansaidAirport) January 19, 2018 I have no idea what an emotional support animal is, but if it's a tiny horse you can take on an airplane, then count me in. Seppi holds his service game and he's on the board in the third set. 7:28AM Edmund 3-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  Edmund continues to assert his authority with an ace. 15-0. Next point, Seppi challenges a call, as much to try and disrupt the momentum as anything, I should fancy. No dice. 30-0. Seppi relocates his backhand down the line next point, and wins to make it 15-30. Serve return long next up as Seppi gambles. No question that Edmund is the player on the front foot here at the moment, he holds this game without further debate and at 3-0, Kyle Edmund has an opportunity here to take command of this last-16 encounter. 7:25AM Edmund* 2-0 Seppi (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5)  At 15-30, Seppi is in the soup again, Edmund is hammering him with powerful groundstrokes and Seppi's first serve is failing. Soon it is 15-40 and Seppi again fails with the first serve, Edmund steps in aggressively and thumps a winner. It's a break to Kyle Edmund 7:23AM Edmund 1-0 Seppi* (*next server) one set all (6-7, 7-5) 15-30. Kyle made that a bit harder for himself than he needed to, failing to bury an overhead. But he gets another chance. Seppi hits a groundstroke wide from the centre of the baseline. 40-30. A swinging second service ace down the line makes it 1-0 in this third set and Edmund is ahead for the first time in the match. 7:19AM Here comes Kyle Edmund to serve the opening game of the new set 7:17AM Edmund has popped off the court But seems to be swinging freely, not hampered by the shoulder injury that required treatment earlier. Edmund raised his game in the second set, and Seppi made more unforced errors. Seppi's backhand appeared to go missing. Kyle Edmund is taking on Andreas Seppi in the fourth round 7:16AM Meanwhile Nadal has gone 2-1 up against Schwartzman after the Argentine won the second. 7:14AM Kyle Edmund wins the second set and levels the match at 1-1 7:11AM Key game! Edmund* 6-7 7-5 Seppi (*denotes next server)  Edmund wins the first two points, the second with a beefy crosscourt that he runs around, opening his body. A service retur winner. Seppi serves well on the next two points to put out the fire at 30-30. Kyle comes to the net now, using his big span to dominate the court. There is nowhere for the Italian to go. Kyle volleys to give himself  a set point. But Seppi saves that with something to spare. At deuce, Kyle wins the point, which involves a net cord. Seppi gets a bad beat the next point as well as he hits a regulation groundstroke into the net cord, it balloons wide, and Kyle Edmund has won the second set 7-5 7:09AM New blogger (but not balls) please Morning pals , Tyers here, taking over from the mighty Chris, who goes now for a change of shirt and a glass of Robinson’s Orange Barley Water. Seppi is about to serve to stay in the set. 7:07AM Edmund 6-7 6-5 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Despite Seppi getting his nose in front, Edmund pegs it back to 15-15. At 30-15, the Brit lets himself down with a backhand and it's 30-30. He toils to 40-30 and then wraps up the game.  7:04AM Edmund* 6-7 5-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts off well, but an overhit backhand makes it 15-15.  Seppi soon restores the lead with a fierce forehand that sails past Edmund. A good serve makes it 40-15 before another strong delivery wraps up the game. Also very easy for the Italian.  7:00AM Edmund 6-7 5-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is comfortable for Edmund too. After a decent rally, Seppi blinks first to make it 30-0. Then Seppi tries a lob - which lands way out. And ace - his 14th- makes it an easy love game.  6:58AM Edmund* 6-7 4-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi shows he's no slouch when it comes to serving and hits an ace to make it 30-0. Another one makes it 40-0.  It only took a couple more shots in the next point for him to wrap up the game. Easy for the Italian there.  6:55AM Edmund 6-7 4-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund's serve lets him down there for a change and Seppi gets the first point. But he comes out on top in the next rally and then a second serve can't be returned by the Italian.  Heavy hitting from Edmund makes it 40-15 and then he hits a lovely second serve ace to wrap up the game.  6:52AM Edmund* 6-7 3-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi controls the first point and has a fine drop shot at the net. But Edmund levels the game  before hitting a forehand too long. 30-15. An ace from Seppi - just his 4th - makes it 40-15 but Edmund fires back a fine forehand return. Edmund almost returns with his backhand, but it lands just out to give Seppi the game.   6:48AM Edmund 6-7 3-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) The Brit gets off the mark first but Seppi levels the game.  Two strong forehands from Edmund - the second of which can't be returned - and he's 30-15 up. This time Seppi drops a shot a tad too long and Edmund has the chance to hold. An ace ensures a comfortable game.  6:45AM Edmund* 6-7 2-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund's serving has been good - but his ground shots are letting him down. Seppi, meanwhile, has been consistent and patient.  Joy for Edmund this time as he wins a rally - and then Seppi hands him another point. 0-30. Can Edmund hit back straight away?  Seppi hits a forehand long this time in an extended exchange and Edmund has 3 break points. Seppi saves the first, pinging a forehand into an empty court after Edmund's return. Another saved by the Italian and, OH! Edmund has a chance to get the break with an overhead smash - but it hits the net. Bad bad bad.  Edmund gets the advantage after Seppi misses an easy shot. And this time he takes his chance, whipping a fine forehand into the corner. He's back in the match.  6:39AM Edmund 6-7 1-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) A decent rally ends with Edmund smacking a backhand just beyond the baseline. And then another rally and another winner from Seppi - directing a forehand that hits the line. 0-30. An ace makes it 15-30, but a fantastic stretching forehand flies past Edmund. Break point  - which Seppi gets. Not good for the Brit.   6:36AM Edmund* 6-7 1-1 Seppi (*denotes next server) Much better from Edmund there. After a good rally, he sends Seppi the wrong way with a good backhand. A great backhand down the line makes it 0-30, but the next one lands just out. Another error on his forehand makes it 30-30 and then a badly hit smash finds only the net. An ace ensures Seppi holds serve.   6:32AM Edmund 6-7 1-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) This is the big stat of the first set - Edmund made 23 unforced errors, Seppi made just 5.  He starts off well in the second set, taking a 30-0 lead. And then a good serve helps him to 40-0 before another good delivery gives him an easy love game.   6:28AM Edmund* 6-7 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian gets off the mark first, firing a smart forehand into the corner. But Edmund serves well to take the next point...and then the next one too. 2-1 Edmund. A wild backhand from the Brit goes well wide before a heavy forehand goes long. 3-2 Seppi. Edmund dominates the point with a strong second serve - his injury doesn't seem to be hampering his serving at least. Another unreturnable delivery makes it 4-3 to the Brit.    Edmund just about returns a strong serve from Seppi but the Italian gobbles up the point. An unforced error from Edmund then makes it 5-4 Seppi.  And now Seppi has two set points after hitting a fine return down the line. He only needs one, smacking a strong backhand that Edmund knows he can't reach.  The Italian takes the first set.  6:21AM Edmund 6-6 Seppi* (*denotes next server) After the short medical timeout, Edmund kicks off with a good first serve. Seppi pegs him back before a weak forehand from Edmund makes it 15-30.   His serve levels the game once again and then another ace - his 9th - makes it 40-30. A good rally ends then ends with Seppi going for the winner - but sees his backhand go wide. We have a tie break.   6:15AM Edmund* 5-6 Seppi (*denotes next server) Will we get our first break? Seppi is determined not to let that happen and races to a 30-0 lead. Another poor shot from Edmund fails to go above the net, but an attempted drop shot from Seppi also hits the net. 40-15.  A strong serve can't be returned by Edmund and Seppi wraps up the game. And now Edmund is seeing his trainer. He seems to be having  a little trouble with his right shoulder.  6:11AM Edmund 5-5* Seppi (*denotes next server) Edmund could do with a better service game here. He doesn't start off well and then hits a poor backhand into the net. That was his 15th unforced error. But that's another ace - his serving is keeping him in the match at the moment. Better - a long rally ends with a forehand down the line. At 30-30, he bashes down another ace with ease before controlling the next point well to win the game.  6:06AM Edmund* 4-5 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi dominates the first point before hitting his second ace of the match. Another strong serve  can't be returned and Seppi wraps up the game without dropping a point. Easy for the Italian.   6:04AM Edmund 4-4 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Best point of the match there. A long rally ends with Edmund smacking a forehand into the corner, which Seppi can only return to the net. But a decent forehand from Seppi soon levels the game. A wild shot from Edmund goes wide but Seppi fails to crank up the pressure. 30-30. A terrific return gives Seppi a break point - the game's first - but Edmund stays patients, bides his time and lets Seppi hit wide.  At deuce, the Italian batters  a forehand into the corner to gain the advantage but Edmund saves the point by hitting a forehand into an empty court. Edmund hits wide to give the Italian advantage but Seppi lets him off the hook. Deuce again. And this time a strong return gives Seppi break point...but again he makes a mistake to return it to deuce.  An ace - Edmund's 4th - gives him the edge but oh dear, a double fault makes it deuce again. Is he feeling the pressure? Seppi gets another advantage when Edmund finds the net but again, the Brit saves himself with an ace. Yet another one gives him the advantage and this time an unreturnable serve gives him the game. Phew. That was much closer.   5:52AM Edmund* 3-4 Seppi (*denotes next server) They start with a good rally but Edmund blinks first, hitting a shot into the net. Seppi makes it 30-0 before a decent serve takes it to 40-0. His first ace wraps up the game and that was much easier for the Italian.   5:50AM Edmund 3-3 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi starts well, coming to the net to dispatch an easy forehand into the corner. Edmund quickly levels it before a good forehand to the back of the court makes it 30-15.  Seppi is determined to make it harder for Edmund though and levels things. And while the Brit makes it 40-30, a mistake takes it to the match's first deuce.   Edmund hits a strong serve to make it advantage and then he whips a delightful forehand into the corner to take the game.  5:45AM Kyle* 2-3 Seppi (*denotes next server) The Italian meanwhile sees two lets before just about winning the first serve. But Edmund smashes back a return to level the game, that was a great forehand.  The next point is arguably the best rally of the match so far - and it's Seppi who takes it, allowing Edmund to make a mistake first. Edmund again levels the game but Seppi shrugs off a great forehand from Kyle to take the next point. 40-30. And a decent serve gives him the game - a much harder service game there though.  5:41AM Kyle 2-2 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Edmund starts off with a strong first serve that a stretching Seppi fails to return. Seppi pegs him back but an ace from Edmund restores his lead. Another good serve makes it 40-15 and ace wraps it up. The Brit's finding his range now.  5:38AM Kyle* 1-2 Seppi (*denotes next server) Seppi starts as he began his last service game but then Edmund gets his first point on the board when returning. But the Italian shrugs that off and charges to another game. Just one point lost on either's service game at this moment.  5:36AM Kyle 1-1 Seppi* Edmund shows his backhand is not bad either - finishing a rally with a sweet shot down the line. Boom - a strong forehand makes it 30-0, before a strong serve extends it to 40-0. Can we have another love game? Yes. The Italian can't return Kyle's serve.  5:33AM Kyle* 0-1 Seppi Seppi gets his first point with ease, with Edmund unable to return the opener.  He soon makes it 30-0 before a sweet backhand into the corner makes it 40-0. He wraps it up with his next serve. An easy opener there for the Italian.  5:31AM Kyle 0-0 Seppi* (*denotes next server) Seppi won the toss and has chosen to serve first. And we're ready to go... 5:25AM The players are announced And it's warm up time. The rankings say Edmund (49) will beat Seppi (76). But the Italian has a lot of experience to draw on and will likely prove a tough challenge for the 23-year-old.  Five minutes to go.  5:20AM And here they come... Edmund and Seppi are making their way to the court now.  Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi on their way to the Hisense Arena in separate golf carts. Match will start in next 10 minutes. #AusOpen— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 21, 2018 5:12AM Players due on court soon The players are reportedly due to arrive on court in the next couple of minutes - at 5.15am.  5:08AM Will Edmund sizzle? Well, hopefully in terms of his tennis. Weather wise, it's a sunny 27 degrees at the moment in Melbourne - much cooler than the scorcher he endured in the previous round. 5:01AM Edmund's record Kyle Edmund career stats 4:58AM Preview Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. You have to go back to Tim Henman's run to the US Open semi-finals in 2004 to find a British man other than Andy Murray who has reached the last eight at a slam. On paper, Edmund certainly has a great chance against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 76 to Edmund's 49. But Seppi has been as high as 18 and caused one of the great tennis upsets by beating Roger Federer in the third round in 2015. Edmund, who won their only previous clash indoors in Antwerp in 2016, said: "It's a tough match. The reason I'm playing in the fourth round is because the guy I'm playing has also won three other matches. He's also going to be feeling good and feeling good about his game, like myself. "At the end of the day, it's 0-0. It's a fresh match. It doesn't really matter about head-to-heads or what their number is in the bracket next to their name. As you have probably seen in this tournament, there are a lot of seeds that have gone out. "It has to be a new challenge for me and get all that out of my head. I have to be ready for battle, really. That's the way I look at it." Edmund was not on the practice schedule at Melbourne Park on Saturday, with rest the priority after his hugely impressive five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in 40C heat on Saturday. No doubt to the relief of both players, it will not be anywhere near as hot on Sunday, but the mental and physical resilience Edmund showed demonstrated how much he has developed. The young Briton's progress has been noted by Eurosport analyst John McEnroe, who said: "I've watched Edmund play quite a bit here in Melbourne and over the past couple of years. "Having seen him in the past struggle physically in these big, long matches, it looks like he's made a huge step forward. He's looking better than I've ever seen him. "Bouncing back from 2-1 down in two matches is extremely impressive. I was watching Kyle play (Denis) Shapovalov in Brisbane and I thought he looked like he was moving better than he ever had before. He's a big guy, he obviously works hard and it looks like he's got himself physically and mentally where he needs to be." The Australian Open has been Seppi's most successful grand slam and this is his fourth appearance in the fourth round, but he has never been further. The 33-year-old had his own marathon in the third round, beating Ivo Karlovic in five sets, and he is wary of the talents of Edmund. "He's a very tough opponent," said Seppi. "He can play some very fast tennis, especially with the forehand. Of course, he is very dangerous. But I think it's another good match for me. Hopefully I can play some more good tennis in the next round." Seppi remembers his last encounter with Edmund, when the British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals to make his first ATP Tour semi-final. He reached three more last season but is yet to make a final. "Maybe I can take the revenge on Sunday. He's one of the best up and coming players. He has a very powerful game. I think for sure he can do well in the next years." 4:44AM Welcome! Kyle Edmund's contest with Andreas Seppi is coming up next on the Hisense Arena in about 15 minutes.  In the meantime, you can check out our Tennis Podcast, in which Catherine Whitaker and David Law and discuss Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios.

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