Tennis Australian Open Men’s Singles
Andy Murray and Dan Evans the last British hopes in the men’s singles in the Australian Open were both defeated while the Swiss army of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are both on the march after victory put them both into the quarter finals.
Murray ranked number one surely had his best shot at a maiden Australian victory but his hopes came crushing down when he was beaten by 50th ranked German player Mischa Zverev in the fourth round to leave the new ‘Sir’ surprised as well as deflated.
In a terrific tussle Zverev deservedly came out on top winning 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena. A bitter pill for Sir Andy Murray to swallow particularly when considering that his arch nemesis Djokavic was already out of the tournament following his defeat 24 hours earlier. If Djokavic looked out of sorts then so did Murray.
This was almost a throwback to the Murray of old who looked tired and jaded as his opponent played the game of his life to hold off the battling Brit. Murray never imposed himself on the German and lost his own serve a staggering 8 times. Zverev threw everything at Murray and the Scotsman was simply unable to hold off the tenacious 50th seed. When Murray’s head goes down so does his will power and he starts muttering under his breath or worse above it. The clarity, the vision, and the sheer vigor of seeing off his less well known opponent just wasn’t there. Murray didn’t deserve to progress and this was his worst defeat in a long while.
Zverev goes on to play Roger Federer who is back after a six month lay off and seems in buoyant mood on and off the court. His victory over Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 was a return to the Federer of old playing some wonderful stroke play and mixing it up beautifully against his courageous Japanese opponent. This was Roger’s 49th time he has reached the quarterfinals and the Swiss is a decent bet to win another grand slam following defeats for his higher ranked rivals.
Another British player who won’t be joining Roger Federer in the quarterfinals is Dan Evans who despite enjoying a wonderful tournament was knocked out by 12th seed Jo Wilfried Tsonga. Evans won the first set 7-6 on a tie break and you could be forgiven for thinking another upset might be on the cards but Tsonga was too strong for the Englishman and came through in four sets 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. For Evans he wilted towards the end of this match but this will hold him in good stead for the rest of the year and will deservedly move up the rankings after a super Australian Open.
Another Swiss player to make it to the quarterfinals is Stan Wawrinka who beat the unseeded Seppi from Italy in straight sets 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 so if tie breaks are your bag this was the match to see.