Huge upsets at Australian Open

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By 2018-01-24

Unseeded Kyle Edmund and Elise Mertens pulled off huge upsets to march into uncharted territory at the Australian Open Tuesday as they swept into the semi-finals.

British star Edmund stunned third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up last-four clash with either world number one Rafael Nadal or former US Open champion Marin Cilic, who play later.

Mertens, who is yet to drop a set, was equally convincing in blasting past world number four Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to become the first Belgian to get so far since Kim Clijsters in 2012.

Her win sets up a battle to reach the final with either second seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki or veteran Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

Bulgaria's Dimitrov had beaten Edmund only two weeks ago in the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International, but there was no repeat.

The 23-year-old is the only British man in the draw after Andy Murray's injury withdrawal before the tournament, raising the prospect that it will be him, rather than the Scot, who breaks through to win in Australia.

World number 37 Mertens is on a hot streak of form, unbeaten in 10 matches after winning in Hobart this month.

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