MELBOURNE, Sporting Alert — Latest 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles results on Tuesday’s ninth day of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
Unseeded Briton Kyle Edmund continued his impressive march towards success at Melbourne Park by booking a place in the last four, but one of the title favorites, No. 1 Rafa Nadal makes an exit.
Nadal saw his 2018 Australian Open campaign cut short in the quarter-final after the Spaniard retired hurt in his match against No. 6 Marin Cilic in the deciding set on Tuesday.
The 2009 champion and three-time finalist, including last year, twice took the advantage in the opening two sets, but was trailing 2-0 in the fifth set when he had to retire after three hours and 47 minutes.
Cilic advanced with a 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 2-0 victory and is through to the semi-finals where he will next face Edmund.
Nadal was hampered by a hip problem in the fourth set, but despite finishing the set and wanting to push through, the pain apparently became unbearable.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion gave up a break at the start of the deciding set before walking up to the umpire and ended the contest at Rod Laver Arena.
Cilic is through to his first Australian Open semi-final in eight years and the Croatian is hoping to add to his 2014 U.S. Open crown.
Meanwhile, Edmund continues to represent the British flag in the absence of injured former world number one Andy Murray after the 23-year-old beat Bulgaria’s world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time.
“Now I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray for the last eight years,” Edmund said after his win. “The better you do the more attention you get.
“It’s probably the first time I have done well on my own… It’s a good problem to have when you’re winning.”