Australian Open Live, Day 9: Grigor Dimitrov goes down to Kyle Edmund; Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina

Australian Open Live, Day 9: Grigor Dimitrov goes down to Kyle Edmund; Elise Mertens stuns Elina Svitolina


Australian Open Live, Day 9: Stay tuned for live scores and updates from Melbourne Park at the Australian Open on Day 9.

Australian Open has already seen its share of scintillating matches and it reached prime level on Monday. On the third quarter filled with Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic to name some of the big guns, it turned out to be a quarterfinal between Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren. The action moves on to Day 9 with the quarterfinals starting off with Elise Mertens taking on number four seed Elina Svitolina. It will be followed by Grigor Dimitrov taking on Kyle Edmund in the men’s singles draw. In the evening session, it will be Rafa Nadal squaring off with Marin Cilic while Caroline Wozniacki takes on the sole single handed backhand player in the women’s draw in Carla Suarez Navarro. Folliw live scores and updates from Australian Open Day 9.

Australian Open Live Scores and Updates, Day 9:

1230 hrs IST: On the outside courts, Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos are in the second set of their mixed doubles match against King and Skugor. Bopanna and Babos won the opening set 6-4 and now lead 5-4 with the Indian serving. Match point opportunity and it is converted as Skugor nets the backhand. An hour and 4 minutes is all it took for the fifth seeds to move forward. Bopanna and Babos win 6-4, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals

1210 hrs IST: He may be out injured (and playing crosswords with his mum!) but he’s still keeping an eye on the tennis.

1158 hrs IST: Edmund to serve for the match at 5-4. MATCH POINT! Dimitrov’s sliced backhand is called long. The crowd errupts before going hush silent. This has been challenged and it is indeed out. EDMUND WINS IT 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and HE IS INTO THE SEMIFINALS! Former Great Britain number one Tim Henman applauds the effort.

1157 hrs IST: Out! This is the thinnest of margins. Centimetres? No. Millimetres? Yes. That’s the distance between ball and the outside line on Edmund’s attempted down the line winner. But he still has two break points and fails to convert the first but does so on the second. Dimitrov is not pleased as his shot hits the top of the net. BREAK!

1147 hrs IST: This is all going awry for Dimitrov. Moments after breaking back, Edmund has roared back wih thumping forehands and has a break chance again. Saved with a serve into the Edmund forehand and then again at deuce to change the complexion of the game. Another big serve and Dimitrov clenches his fist in jubilation. He holds and leads 4-3 in the fourth set

1142 hrs IST: Dimitrov with some spirited effort now. Much needed if he is to draw back in this match. Forces Edmund into a forehand error and it brings up two break points. Some effective backhand slices deep into the opposite court – moving Edmund right and left on alternate shots. And Edmund goes for a bit too much with an attempted winner and it is into the tramlines. BREAK BACK! 3-3 in the fourth set

1136 hrs IST: Dimitrov is not looking like the same player who beat Kyrgios the other day. This one is more erratic, making unforced errors at crucial junctures and Edmund is making the most of it. Fifth game of the fourth set and three shambolic forehands from him and Edmund gets the break handed to him. Leads 3-2

1115 hrs IST: Edmund serving for the third set at 5-3. The Briton with a good serve to open the game but Dimitrov claws back with some confident play – deep return, approaches the net and kills off the volley. 15-30. What big forehands by Edmund and if it were possible, there’d be fire coming out of his racket. 30-30. Dimitrov’s sliced backhand hits the top of the net and makes Edmund’s job easier to pick the direction and he goes to Dimitrov’s left. Set point. Big serve and Dimitrov’s return goes long. Edmund takes this 6-3 and he leads two sets to one

1113 hrs IST: Staying on serve in the third. 4-3 to Edmund but he now has a look on the Dimitrov serve. Two break point opportunities. Serve out wide and Edmund nets his outstretched forehand. One more break point chance. Uh-oh! Double fault and Edmund gets the all-important break. He leads 5-3 in the third set

1035 hrs IST: Quick hold by Edmund and Dimitrov will now serve for the second set. Big serve out wide and a deep return to the side, produces a lob which is spanked by Dimitrov for a smash with the sun in his eyes. Edmund with an error and it becomes 30-0. Dimitrov tries to whip a forehand across but is late to the ball. 30-15. Big, big hitting by both players from the back of the court but it is Edmund who dominates the point in the end. Backhand is behind Dimitrov and the push back goes long. 30-30. Edmund with a forehand into the net. Poor shot that. 40-30, set point. Good serve down the tee and Dimitrov holds to take the second set 6-3. One set all.

1030 hrs IST: Poor serve this one from Dimitrov. A shanked forehand into the net is followed by a double fault and it brings up break point for Edmund. Three big serves thereafter and Dimitrov maintains his one break advantage to go 5-2 up in the second

1008 hrs IST: Dimitrov with a strong start in the second set. Breaks Edmund early and consolidates the break to quickly race off to 3-0. And now he has another break point opportunity. Dimitrov bit annoyed with no call of Edmund serve who kills the point of with a serve and smash. Follows it up with same measure. But he errs on his forehand and back to deuce. Dimitrov with a deft volley after bringing Edmund out of position with a quick half volley forehand down the line. Edmund pushes Dimitrov way out of the court and the Bulgarian’s attempt at the backhand winner down the line fails to work out. Back to deuce. Edmund with an ace that Dimitrov challenges and HawkEye says it had kissed the line. Another chance to hold for Edmund. Beautiful return from Dimitrov – strong and flat, little Edmund can do but to scamper to his right and send it long. Deuce. Edmund takes Dimitrov out of the equation with an inside out forehand. Edmund with a deep backhand return and Dimitrov nets his reply. Edmund holds. Dimitrov leads 3-1 in the second set.

0954 hrs IST: Edmund saves three break points and as Dimitrov nets a forehand service reply, the Briton has set point. Edmund goes for a deep backhand return but it is long. Back to deuce. Edmund with some positive play here. Moves in with Dimitrov on the stretch and places the volley into open court. Second set point is converted with a big serve on Dimitrov’s backhand. FIRST SET, KYLE EDMUND 6-4

0947 hrs IST: Edmund broke Dimitrov in the first game itself but was broken in the seventh game to restore parity. But he’s broken the Bulgarian in the ninth game with a bullet forehand and he will now serve for the opening set

0945 hrs IST: Grigor Dimitrov who came through a tough four setter against Nick Kyrgios is now up against Kyle Edmund of Great Britain. Edmund began his Australian Open by sending the US Open finalist Kevin Anderson packing and followed it up with wins over Istomin, Basilashvili and Seppi.

0915 hrs IST: UPSET! Elise Mertens stuns number 4 seed Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to make her first Grand Slam semifinal. What an absolute carnage from the Belgian who trains at the Kim Clijsters academy. “She didn’t give me opportunities. All the credit to her, because she played really good tennis, I couldn’t really match it,” says Svitolina.

0830 hrs IST: Hello and Good Morning for our live coverage and updates from Melbourne Park on this ninth day of the Australian Open. Today’s matchups include Elise Mertens taking on number four seed Elina Svitolina. This will be followed by Grigor Dimitrov against Britain’s Kyle Edmund. The evening session has the big match of the day in 2009 champion Nadal taking on Cilic while Caroline Wozniacki goes up against Carla Suarez Navarro.

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