Australian Open 2017: Underdogs keep rolling
Mischa Zverev' amazing win
Andy Murray's hopes of winning a first Australian Open title ended with a shock defeat by world number 50 Mischa Zverev of Germany in the fourth round. Yes, Love Squad 2017 Australian Open came to an abrupt halt for Andy Murray yesterday after he suffered a shock 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Mischa Zverev in the competition's round of 16.
Murray was unable to cope
This came absolutely unexpected. Murray had been hoping to go one better than five runner-up finishes in Melbourne, but he was unable to cope with the serve-and-volley skills of Zverev. The 29-year-old German, a contemporary of Murray from junior days, was ranked outside the world's top 1,000 two years ago after a succession of injury problems.
It is the Briton's earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009, and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.
Murray vs. Zverev: The details
Murray ended the match with an impressive 71 winners to 28 unforced errors, but it was still not enough against an opponent constantly putting him under pressure. The defeat is Murray's worst at a Grand Slam, in terms of the ranking of his opponent, since he lost to world number 51 Juan Ignacio Chela at Melbourne Park in 2006. His chances of finally landing the third leg of the career Grand Slam looked to have been enhanced following the surprise defeat of six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. However, the wait for a first Australian Open title goes on and Murray will turn his attention to Britain's Davis Cup tie in Canada next month.
Once again, Roger Federer proved he’s a genius on the court, outplaying world No. 5 Kei Nishikori late into the night. Federer’s epic match against the 27-year-old added to the long list of five set matches seen at this year’s open, and the best appears yet to come.
And Angelique Kerber?
Andy Murray joined fellow favorite Novak Djokovic on the departures list in what was a deserved fourth-round triumph for the German underdog. Six-time winner and defending champ Novak Djokovic is also gone. Top seed Angelique Kerber also exited the tournament following her 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Coco Vandeweghe. Elsewhere, Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruzaalso booked their places in the next round of the women's competition after beating Mona Barthel and Sorana Cirstea, respectively.