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2018 Australian Open: Daily updates from Down Under

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Day 12

On the twelfth day of the Australian Open, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett contested in their third Grand Slam wheelchair tennis doubles final in a row.

The top seeds faced Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in their fifth Grand Slam final, but fell to the French duo 6-4, 6-2.

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Meanwhile Aidan McHugh bowed out of the Australian Open after falling in a three-set battle to sixth seed Chun Hsin Tseng. McHugh fought hard to level the match after losing the first set, but Tseng took charge once more in the decider to capture a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory.

Day 11

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Kyle Edmund's stunning Australian Open run came to an end as he fell to sixth seed Marin Cilic, 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2 in his first Grand Slam semi-final.

Cilic started strong and broke twice in the opening set to take an early lead, but Edmund put up a teriffic fight and pushed for a tight second set tiebreak. However, the Croatian prevailed to take a two-set lead and despite some determined play in the third set, Cilic broke twice to bring the Brit's sensational journey to a close.

Nevertheless, Edmund will walk away from the Grand Slam on a high after achieving many incredible career-firsts and showcasing some of his best tennis to date. His remarkable achievement will also be recognised in the rankings on Monday when he is projected to shoot into the top 25.

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Aidan McHugh maintained his brilliant form to reach the semi-finals of the boys' singles. A solid 6-4, 6-2 victory against his quarter-final opponent Rinky Hijikata makes him Britain's first junior male to reach the final four of a Grand Slam in nearly five years. Men's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund was the last Briton to record this achievement, back at Wimbledon in 2013.

The 17-year-old next plays sixth seed Chun Hsin Tseng on Friday, 01:00 GMT for a place in the final.

On the second day of wheelchair tennis action, top seeds Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid reached the doubles final after battling past Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda 6-1, 4-6, [10-6],

They face second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in Friday's final (04:00 GMT) and will be armed with confidence after defeating the French duo in recent finals to win Wimbledon, the US Open and the Uniqlo Wheelchair Doubles Masters in 2017.

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Andy Lapthorne finished a quad doubles finalist with America's David Wagner. The pair narrowly missed out on a fourth title with America's David Wagner following a 6-0, 7-6(5), [10-6] defeat to Australian duo Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson.

Lapthorne was also in action a few hours earlier for his second quad singles match, but fell to Davidson 6-2, 6-1.

Lucy Shuker partnered South Africa's Kgothatso Montjane in the women's doubles but suffered a 6-1, 6-3 defeat to top seeds Marjolein Buis and Yui Kamiji. For more news about the British wheelchair tennis stars, follow the Tennis Foundation's daily updates.

Day 10

On the tenth day of the Australian Open, Dom Inglot and Marcus Daniell were in quarter-final action against seventh seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. The Brit and New Zealander put up a strong fight but narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot after falling 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-6(5).

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Aidan McHugh marched on in the boys' singles with an impressive 7-6(1), 6-3 win over 14th seed Ondrej Styler. The 17-year-old next faces Australia's Rinky Hijikata in the quarter-finals on Thursday, 02:00 GMT.

Meanwhile, his doubles run with Russia's Timofey Skatov came to an end after the pair fell to Tomas Machac and Styler 6-2, 7-5, [10-6].

Wheelchair stars Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker suffered opening round defeats. Despite falling in his first round encounter to Dylan Alcott, Andy Lapthorne still has a shot in the quad singles due to its round-robin format. He next faces Heath Davidson and all players are set to kickstart their doubles runs on Thursday - keep up-to-date with all the action with the Tennis Foundation.

Day 9

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Kyle Emund's sensational run at the Australian Open continued as he overcame world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final.

It was the first time the 23-year-old had played on Rod Laver Arena but he remained unfased to claim the first set. Dimitrov battled back to level the match at one set apiece, but Edmund regained control and marched onto capture a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The results means that Edmund is just the sixth British male to reach the final four of a Grand Slam in the Open Era, after Roger Taylor, John Lloyd, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman and Andy Murray.

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The quarter-final marked the third time both players had met, with their previous encounters going in Dimitrov's favour. The result for Kyle marks his first win over a top ten player and should provide a confidence boost ahead of Thursday's semi-final against world No.6 Marin Cilic, 08:30 GMT.

Meanwhile, teenage star Aidan McHugh progressed in both the boys' singles and doubles. In singles, the 17-year-old overcame France's Floyd Angele 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5) to secure a spot in the final 16. He next faces 14th seed Ondrej Styler on Wednesday, 01:00 GMT. gvf

He advanced into the quarter-finals of the doubles with Russia's Timofey Skatov after defeating Jaimee Floyd Angele and Damien Wenger 6-4, 7-6(5). The pair will play Czech duo Tomas Machac and Styler after McHugh's singles match.

Day 8

The eighth day of the Australian Open saw highs and lows for the British double stars. Dom Inglot and Marcus Daniell secured their spot in the quarter-finals after defeating Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski 6-4, 6-3. They will next face seventh seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic on Wednesday, 00:00 GMT for a place in the final four.

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Inglot has made the Australian Open quarter-finals twice before in 2014 and 2015, but a win on Wednesday would mark his maiden semi-final in Melbourne. He has previously reached one Grand Slam semi-final before at the 2015 US Open.

Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and his Taiwanese partner Chan Yung-jan fell in the second round of the mixed doubles. The pair put up a strong fight but were defeated 7-6(8), 6-4 by Australian duo Marc Polmans and Storm Sanders.

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Ahead of his second round boys' singles match, Aidan McHugh made headway in the doubles with Russian partner Timofey Skatov. The fourth seeds sailed past Marko Miladinovic and Duje Ajdukovic 6-2, 6-2 and will play Jaimee Floyd Angele and Damien Wenger in the second round on Tuesday, 03:00 GMT.

Day 7

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Kyle Edmund recorded one of the biggest wins in his career to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open.

The British No.2 recovered from a slow start to defeat Italy's Andreas Seppi in four sets, moving into the last-eight with a 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory just two days after coming through a gruelling five-setter in 40C heat.

Edmund joins Andy Murray as the only British men to have reached a Grand Slam quarter-final since John Lloyd in 1985 and will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the last-four.

"Through to my first quarter-final - I am very happy," said Edmund. "It was a close first set and I didn't feel I got the best start. He was hitting the ball very clean.

"In the second set I tried to shift the momentum and once I broke him in the last game of the second set I took control of the match."

Jamie Murray eased through to the second round in the mixed doubles with partner Latisha Chan, beating Rajeev Ram and Andreja Klepac 4-6, 7-5 (11-9).

Aidan McHugh opened his campaign in the boys' singles with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Romania's Filip Cristian Jianu. The 17-year-old is set to face France's Jaimee Floyd Angele in the second round on Tuesday, 00:00 GMT.

Day 6

Britain's Davis Cup doubles duo of Jamie Murray and and Dominic Inglot experienced mixed fortunes on Day 6 at the Australian Open.

Inglot and New Zealander partner Marcus Daniell swept through to the last 16 with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 victory over France's Hugo Nys and Benoit Paire.

Murray and partner Bruno Soares, champions in Melbourne in 2016, were knocked out in three gruelling sets by the Indian pairing of Leander Paes and Purav Raja, going down 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(6).

Day 5

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British No.2 Kyle Edmund battled through another five set match in the blistering Australian heat to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 and reach the final 16 of the Australian Open.

The 23-year-old has now recorded his best result at Melbourne, having previously reached the second round last year. He has only ever reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam once before when he enjoyed a brilliant run at the 2016 US Open.

"...physically at the end it was very, very demanding."

Speaking to Eurosport after the match, Edmund descibed his emotions in the fifth set: "It was all about holding my serve and picking one game to go for in the return and physically at the end it was very, very demanding."

After just over three and a half hours on court with temperatures reaching 39C, Edmund will welcome a day's rest before facing Italy’s Andreas Seppi on Sunday, 00:00 GMT.

Meanwhile, Saturday is set to see Brits in doubles action as fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are up against India’s Purav Raja and Leander Paes in the second round at 00:00 GMT.

Dom Inglot and Aussie Marcus Daniell also face Hugo Nys and Benoit Paire from France in the second round, also scheduled for 00:00 GMT.

Day 4

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Ninth seed Johanna Konta's 2018 Australian Open journey came to an end as she fell in her second round contest against America's Bernarda Pera. An inspired performance from the world No.123 led to a straight sets victory, despite two close sets.

Konta showed plenty of determiniation and saved four match points, but Pera struck on her fifth opportunity to claim a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

"I will move on from this fairly quickly in a positive way..."

The British No.1 reflected on her performance during an interview with Eurosport: "It's definitely disappointing, I mean I'd like to be here longer, I'd like to be here to the very end. I play with the intention of playing for finals day in every tournament that I play, but the reality is it's not always that simple and you get matches like these when your opponent is playing incredibly inspired and you necessarily don't find the level that you want.

"It's part of the game, but I'd like to think that I will move on from this fairly quickly in a postive way and in a constructive way."

Meanwhile in doubles, Dom Inglot and his Kiwi partner Marcus Daniell reached the second round after battling past British compatriot Neal Skupski and Canada's Adil Shamasdin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Inglot and Daniell next face French duo Benoit Paire and Hugo Nys on Saturday, 00:00 GMT.

Ken Skupski and America's James Cerratini followed but narrowly missed out on the second round after losing 7-6(8), 7-5 to Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer. Finally, Heather Watson teamed up with France's Alize Cornet and pushed 15th seeds Abigail Spears and Alicja Rosolska to three sets before eventually falling 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Day 3

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On the third day of the Australian Open, Kyle Edmund sailed into the third round for the first time in his career after defeating Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Although Edmund is ranked 11 places higher than world No.60 Istomin, the Uzbek player posed plenty of threat following his 2017 performance when he emphatically defeated six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round.

The 30C afternoon contest lasted just 89 minutes and Edmund credited his level to his previous victory over 11th seed Kevin Anderson: "I just really took confidence from knowing that physically I served up really well against a quality player and my level was good, and I knew today going into the match, I was in a good place."

Edmund's convincing win sets up a third round encounter with Georgia's world No.61 Nikoloz Basilashvili on Friday, 00:00 GMT, with temperatues forecast to hit 41C.

In doubles, Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares made a winning start to their 2018 campaign with a three-set victory over American duo Donald Young and Frances Tiafoe. The fifth seeds battled back from a set down to capture a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win.

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Meanwhile, in the first round of the women's doubles, Laura Robson and CoCo Vandeweghe put up a strong fight but fell 7-6(3), 6-4to 14th seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Chan Hao-ching, and Anna Smith and Naomi Broady went down 6-2, 6-1 to in-form fourth seeds Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Day 2

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British No.1 Johanna Konta made an emphatic return to Melbourne Park as she claimed a straight-sets victory over word No.90 Madison Brengle.

The pair have met four times before with the American winning three of their previous matches, but Konta turned the tables on Tuesday to record a solid 6-3, 6-1 win.

Speaking to Eurosport after the match, she said: "I definitely enjoyed being out there and I enjoyed that for my first round it was a nice and tricky one, but I felt I managed things well."

The 2016 semi-finalist and 2017 quarter-finalist will face world No.123 Bernarda Pera for a place in the third round and will return to action on Thursday, 00:00 GMT.

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British No.2 Heather Watson was up next against world No.54 Yulia Putintseva, but narrowly missed out on a spot in the second round following a tight two-set loss.

The 25-year-old, who's ranked 68th in the world, was up a set point in the second set tiebreak, but Putintseva remained resilient to sweep a 7-5, 7-6(6) victory.

Looking ahed to Day 3 of the Australian Open, Kyle Edmund will face Denis Istomin in the second round, 01:20 GMT, while 2016 champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares begin their doubles campaign, 04:35 GMT.

Anna Smith and Naomi Broady will also be in first-round women's doubles action at midnight, along with Laura Robson who partners CoCo Vandeweghe.

Day 1

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Kyle Edmund kickstarted his 2018 Australian Open campaign with a sensational five-set victory over 11th seed Kevin Anderson.

The 23-year-old battled back from a set down to clinch the 6-7(4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory, even after he found himself 2-0 down in the final set.

The Brit and South African have met just once before at the 2017 French Open and similarly the match went the five-set distance, but it was Anderson who captured the first-round win.

However, Edmund ensured a different tale was told in Melbourne and went onto clinch the biggest win of his career - previously, his best was a straight sets victory over 15th seed Richard Gasquet at the 2016 US Open.

Speaking to Eurosport after the match, Kyle reflected how he remained resilient in the fifth set: "I got broke early, but I was really, really pleased with how I stayed tough and broke him twice to win the match."

The result edges him into the second round of the Grand Slam for a second time following his straight-sets victory over Santiago Giraldo last year.

He next faces world No.60 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan for the opportunity to make his maiden appearance in the third-round.

Both Johanna Konta and Heather Watson take on their first-round opponents on Tuesday (Day 2). Ninth seed Konta plays world No.90 Madison Brengle at 00:00 (GMT), while Watson faces world No.54 Yulia Putintseva at 07:00.