Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Dimitrov and Svitolina advance in Brisbane

Dimitrov and Svitolina advance in Brisbane

The British number two was left clutching his ankle in agony after slipping during his Brisbane International quarter-final tie with the Bulgarian star. Dimitrov wasted no time in lending a helping hand, sprinting to the other side of the net to assist his opponent to the changeover seat. The two squared off a year ago in Washington where the world No. 3 earned a hard fought three-set victory over the British No. 2. "At the end of the day, health above all", Dimitrov said immediately afterwards.

"The body feels good and the game feels good".

In this way, Dimitrov qualified for the 1/4-finals of the tournament where he will meet Kyle Edmund, who beat the Korean Hon Chun in three sets. That's just me, I guess. "I've seen this too many times, I know the feeling and I really hope he gets better".

Dimitrov was in control against Edmund as he took the first set but was dragged into a second-set tiebreak which the Briton edged to set up the decider. I played aggressive tennis and got rewarded for that.

Teenage wild-card entry Alex De Minaur followed up his upset victory over Milos Raonic with a routine 6-4, 6-0 win over Michael Mmoh to reach his first tour-level semifinal.

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Konta's exit came two days after No. 2-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired in the third set of her first match of the season after struggling with leg cramps. "I probably said it in 2013, and said it probably in 2015, and now I'm saying it again in 2018".

Dimitrov will face Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final after he overcame Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6 6-3 6-4.

The Brisbane born and raised Millman has played some of his best tennis on the Pat Rafter Arena, and has taken sets off Roger Federer and Andy Murray in previous tournaments.

In the women's draw, Svitolina upset second seed Karolina Pliskova, winning 7-5, 7-5.

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