It’s all happening on the Melbourne Park, Rod Laver Arena where top seeded players Djokovic and Andy Murray have been shown the exit door by unknown players. First it was the shocking exit of Djokovic in the second round and now the World No. 1 Andy Murray lost the battle. World No. 50 Mischa Zverev of Germany beat Andy Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Now Zverev will face Roger Federer in his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal, in case if he overcomes Roger; well Zverev might be the new face of Tennis sensation.
In another shocking match, the defending champion and Women’s Single World No. 1 Angelique Kerber was beaten by Coco Vandeweghe in straight set 6-2, 6-3. After this defeat Kerber might lose the world no. 1 ranking to Serena Williams at the finish of Australian Open. Murray and Kerber were playing their first Grand Slam after being World No. 1 and both being powerless on the net were result of their loss.
New Yorker Coco 30 winners and Zverev reaching to net 118 times saved the match for them. Both of them were playing at their best while their opponents were looking stunned on the other side of the net. Since 2003 Murray is the first top seed to be departed before quarterfinals, now all eyes are on Serena, Roger and Nadal who are holding the old fort on the Rod Laver Arena.
Since both the world no. 1 is shown exit door it will be for the first time since 2004 French Open that in quarterfinals there will be no NO. 1. While Roger and Nadal are eager to make a comeback with another Grand Slam title other players like Tsonga, Wawrinka and new sensation Zverev will go beyond their game to make it to the finals. On the other court 36yrs old Venus progressed to the last eight with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Mona Barther her younger sister is eyeing her quest for 23rd Grand Slam title.
India had a mixed day at Australian Open as Sania with her Czech Republic partner Barbora Strycova lost to Japanese E Hozumi and M Kato 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The legendary Leander Paes partnered with Switzerland’s Martina Hingis won their first match 6-4, 6-3 against Australians Destanee Aiava and Marc Polmans. On another court Rohan Bopanna and Saina made their comfortable entry into the mixed doubles next round.