By Ros Satar, in Melbourne
- Marin Cilic  def. Kyle Edmund 6-2 7-6(4) 6-2
- Concern injury time-out might be serious enough to hamper Davis Cup chances
- Spoke about wanting more of being deep in a slam.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Kyle Edmund’s remarkable run at the Australian Open came to an end at the hands of former US Open champion Marin Cilic, and there could be an injury concern for Davis Cup.
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Marin Cilic  def. Kyle Edmund 6-2 7-6(4) 6-2
It was always going to be a tough ask for the Brit, who has handled the hopes and expectations of a nation brilliantly these past two weeks. Coming out he started competitively, but a one-two punch of two successive breaks of serve by the Croatian saw Edmund on the back foot.
After a medical time out off court for the Brit, he came out looking a lot stronger, and of course we had seen him peg the higher ranked players back before, and it looked as though we might just be in luck. A far more competitive set where Edmund dispelled the only break point against him saw him force a tie-break, but once Cilic got his nose ahead, he quickly ran away with it.
It was a confident enough start with a hold at the start of the third set for Edmund, but he went down a break before the first change of ends, and from then on Cilic was pushing, having anther break point chance but not converting, before breaking once more at the end of the set, and serving our comfortably at the end.
Despite the disappointment of straight sets loss, Edmund was upbeat in his post match press conference, with plenty of positives to take away.
“Obviously just disappointed I lost. It’s been a really good couple of weeks for me. Just got the experience of going deep in a slam for the first time and all the stuff that comes with it. Playing a couple matches on Rod Laver.
“Can be very happy with the way I’ve gone about things. Played a lot of tough matches. Won some tough matches. Beat good players.
“This type of tournament just gives you the bug to want more. Once you get a taste, it’s like, yeah, I want more of this. Definitely go away from the whole week feeling positive.”
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Concern that injury will affect Davis Cup
However there is concern about the injury that Edmund had to have treated off court. With Andy Murray not in the team, Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady are also named in the initial five-man squad, but while Edmund would not go into details, he hopes to be fit enough to play against Spain.
He said: “There’s something. It’s unfortunate it happens. I’m definitely disappointed about it. We’ll see, won’t we? It’s tough to know [if it will prevent him from playing really. But obviously want to play. The plan is always to play. So, yeah, take it day by day and see what happens.
“I’ll do everything I can to play, because I want to play. I want to be there with the team. But there is no point going on court if I’m not ready, because you hinder the team, as well. You basically give up a rubber if you’re not ready. I don’t know percentage-wise what the chances are, but if I’m not ready, I’ll say, because you want to give the opportunity to other players that are there to play. But if I’m ready to play, I’ll play. I’ll do what I can to.”
The Davis Cup tie takes place between 2-4 February in Marbella, Spain.
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