After a sensational couple of weeks full of tennis, the Australian Open will reach its climax this weekend with a huge sum of prize money on the line.
"That second set was relying more or less on the serve and first shot who's gonna be in control".
Today was just a little bit different to the match with Rafa (Nadal). In the quarterfinals, the Spaniard is waiting for the sixth seeded Marin Cilic, who beat in the fourth round Pablo Carreno-Busta (6:7, 6:3, 7:6, 7:6).
Nadal went into the year's opening Grand Slam tournament with knee concerns, but ironically that wasn't the problem that finally brought him undone in the heat of battle with Cilic. Edmund left the court for medical treatment after the first set, and played better in the second, but began fading in the third as Cilic upped his game.
He signed off his news conference on a sour note, complaining that too many players were getting injuries. "Tomorrow we're going to communicate what's going on after a MRI scan", he said.
"I don't know if we keep playing in this very, very hard surfaces what's going to happen in the future with our lives".
He added: "I'll do everything I can to play, because I want to play".
The world No 1 appeared on course to yet another grand slam semi-final when he moved two sets to one in front but he called for the trainer after going a break down in the fourth set.
Edmund, expected to rise to 25th in the latest men's singles rankings next week, struggled in the final set as his Croatian opponent again held throughout and earned breaks in the third and seventh games. The Croat, the 2014 US Open victor, who reached the final at Wimbledon a year ago, but failed to make a match of it against Federer.
Federer said the Croatian was eager to hit to stay in the rhythm even in the off-season.
"It was a little bit unfortunate for me to lose that tiebreak".
With the Scot likely to remain sidelined with his own hip injury until the summer, that changing of the guard is likely to be a matter of time.