Australian Open - day seven wrap

Kyle Edmund offers Britain real hope post Andy Murray with first Grand Slam quarter-final

The 23-year-old, the only Briton in the men's draw in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, smashed 63 winners to progress to a last eight meeting with Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios when Seppi netted after just under three hours on court.

As for the matches themselves, did Kyrgios cross the line with his ranting in the direction of his player box? I think when I broke in the last game of the second set, I took control of the match. Regarding Dimitrov, is he finally ready to fully deliver on his enormous talent? The pod team were hugely impressed. When Edmund belted an equally untouchable reply to the same spot to break and win the set in 32 minutes, the game looked properly up for Seppi, who was appearing in his 52nd slam and never made it to the quarters.

The Yorkshireman changed his coaching team at the end of past year and the role is now split between Briton Mark Hilton and Swede Fredrik Rosengren, with the latter on duty in Melbourne.

Mertens, who successfully defended her Hobart International title last week, finished past year ranked 35th, up from No. 120 in 2016.

The victory ensured Nadal will stay world No 1 whatever happens in the rest of the tournament, but he knows he will need to play better against sixth seed Marin Cilic in the next round.

Reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the 2016 US Open.

Wozniacki despatched Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0, while Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova by the same score.

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Since almost being eliminated in the second round by Jana Fett - Wozniacki trailed 5-1 in the third set before winning the last six games - she has won her next two matches in straight sets. Edged in the tie-break thanks to two mini-breaks, Edmund did not allow his head to drop - he was broken early in the second and hit back straight away, breaking at the end of the set to level up.

Edmund immediately created his first break points of the match and took the fourth. He was serving unbelievable, playing unbelievable, competing.

Suarez Navarro advanced on her third match point when the 22-year-old Estonian player hit a forehand long.

In the last eight Edmund will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who ended Australia's hopes of a home victor by beating Nick Kyrgios in a memorable clash.

Edmund showed no signs of tension despite the pressure on his shoulders to break Seppi for a fifth time in the match before showing extreme composure to reach the last eight with flying colours.

World number one Simona Halep was pushed to 15-13 in the deciding set by Lauren Davis in the last round and could be severely tested again by exciting young Japanese-American Naomi Osaka. Korda is the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, and Sebastien also has two sisters who golf on the LPGA Tour.

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