Kyle Edmund is one match away from a possible meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic as the British Davis Cup winner prepares for his first ATP Tour quarter-final. The 20-year-old takes on Tomas Berdych in the last eight of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha for the right to face the 10-time grand slam champion having overcome Daniel Munoz.
The meeting with Berdych – the world number six – represents the highest profile opponent of South Africa-born right-hander's competitive career ahead of his second appearance in as many years at the Australian Open. Edmund is a direct entrant into the main draw for the opening major of 2016 after the withdrawal of Juan Monaco, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Richard Gasquet.
Fellow Davis Cup winner Andy Murray suffered a blow in his preparations for Melbourne after losing to Nick Kyrgios as Great Britain were beaten by Australia at the Hopman Cup. The British number one went down in straight sets as he continues to rediscover full fitness ahead of the start to the season.
Partner Heather Watson beat Daria Gavrilova in her singles match before the pair lost the subsequent doubles rubber, with Krygios converting a fourth match point with an ace, which damages GB's attempts to reach the final in Perth. "I've improved a lot. I've put in a lot of work in the off season," Kyrgios said. "It's my favourite time of year by far.
"I actually did promise a couple of my friends that next time I played Andy, I was going to beat him. He's in the prime of his career. He's been playing some great tennis. Every time I've played him I haven't played bad. He's just a great player and today I knew what my game plan was going to be and how he was going to play."
Naomi Broady must go through qualifying to reach the main draw of the Australian Open and she warmed up for her tilt at a first appearance at the first major of the year with defeat to Sloane Stephens in Auckland. The American prevailed in two sets after saving a set point in the first to reach the semi-final at ASB Classic.