"He was serving and playing unbelievable and he fought really hard".
'I think sometimes he misses confidence. "I am just glad to get through that match". Credit should, however, go to Kyrgios: his renewed focus and apparent recalibration forced a deserved tiebreak. You have to be locked in and try to take any opportunity you have.More news: Russia: Iran deal can't survive if U.S. pulls out
A leaping backhand service return gave Edmund the early break in the third set and the Briton never looked back as he raced away to take a 2-1 lead after little more than half an hour.
'Today I'm happy I switched on a gear and was playing better and better. "Hopefully next match I can do better still".
Dimitrov and Kyrgios lingered in each other's arms at the net, offering words of support and comfort after a clash which lived up to its billing.
GRIGOR DIMITROV beat Nick Kyrgios in the blockbuster men's match of the tournament so far.More news: Death toll from Montecito mudslides at 21 after missing mother located
He needed to step up to have a chance against Kyrgios, and he did, showing the all-court talents that once saw him labelled as Roger Federer's natural successor.
It took him until the midway point of the second set to send it for restringing, but by then the psychological damage had been done; regular bouts of head-shaking and muttering crept into his game and took his attention off a very evenly matched opponent who finally hit form after so almost being sent packing by the American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald in round two.
The comeback had given Kyrgios encouragement, though, and he played a tremendous third set, upping the power levels and pulling off the sort of outrageous shots only he can. Then, at 3-4 and a break point down, Kyrgios faced a wide open court only to pull his overhead smash into the net. Kyrgios saved the only three break points of the set in the sixth game, before a tie-break went the way of the Bulgarian.
But in the tie-break, the turning point arrived as Kyrgios netted a straightforward forehand, Dimitrov sealing the victory in fitting fashion with an outstanding cross-court victor that flew past Kyrgios as he approached the net.More news: Child killed, others injured when auto strikes crowd on beach in Brazil