Edmund survives third-round Open marathon

Brit Kyle Edmund is the first man through to the last 16 of the Australian Open after surviving a torrid five-set battle with Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Playing on shadeless show court 2 in temperatures nudging 40 degrees, Edmund prevailed 7-6 (7-0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5 after three hours and 34 minutes of toil on Friday.

Edmund’s reward is a fourth-round clash on Sunday with either veteran Croat Ivo Karlovic or Italian Andreas Seppi.

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