Kyrgios through to Queen's quarters

Richard Hookham
Nick Kyrgios has defeated Brit Kyle Edmund in three sets to advance to the quarter-final at Queen's

Nick Kyrgios has continued his impressive grasscourt form with a fine victory over Kyle Edmund to secure a quarter-final place at Queen's Club in London.

The mercurial Australian No.1, who beat two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the previous round, dispatched Murray's fellow Brit Edmund 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 with a powerful display of stunning, sometimes outrageous groundstrokes, punctuated with some lethal serving, bombing down 32 aces.

Kyrgios, who lost to world No.1 Roger Federer in a tight semi-final at the Stuttgart Open last week, had won his only previous ATP World tour meeting with Edmund at the 2014 Nottingham Challenger event.

But the 23-year-old knew he would face a real battle to prevent the seventh seed reaching the last eight for the second time in three years.

Kyrgios got off to the best possible start when he grabbed the first set on a tiebreak, nailing his advantage with a rasping two-handed backhand bang on 40 minutes.

The second set was again dominated by serve although Edmund struggled to eke out a nervous hold for 6-5. Kyrgios then made a convincing hold himself to force a second tiebreak but the British No.1 banked three points off Kyrgios' serve to take that set (7-5)

However, Kyrgios, taking advantage of serving first in the decider, broke Edmund in the fourth game and despite some wayward shots as he sensed victory, he was able to see out the victory in two hours, 11 minutes.