What is the meaning of precipice in the sentence below and also the complete meaning of the sentence?

I believe precipice has negative connotations attached to it- a precarious condition or a situation of great peril. But in the given sentence 'precipice' does not have a negative connotation as far as my understanding goes. If not, what other words or phrases can substitute 'precipice' in the given sentence?

On Wednesday, Dimitrov beat Murray in a straight-sets quarterfinal, lifting himself to the precipice of his first Grand Slam final.


By "lifting himself to the precipice", I think he means Dimitrov has raised himself up to a new level—to the top of a cliff, so to speak—but his new position is precarious because the "big four" are up there (or something like that; I didn't read it carefully), and he risks being knocked back down again.

Sports reporters often use big words in strange (and often incorrect) ways. It's just something that they do.

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