The 2017 Australian Open is wide open with World No. 1 Andy Murray suffering a shock defeat in the Round of 16 against Mischa Zverev of Germany. The loss has now opened the door for Roger Federer to win his fifth Australian Open championship.
Andy Murray suffers shocking loss
The path to his first Australian Open title was easier for Andy Murray when Novak Djokovic lost in third round. However, he was eliminated in shocking fashion against Germany’s Mischa Zverev, 5-7 7-5 2-6 4-6, according to BBC Sport.
The loss has blown the Australian Open wide open to stars such as Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Murray is now unsure regarding his next competition whether to take a short break and prepare for Ottawa or opt for a longer break and return in Dubai in February.
“He deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments. I was kind of behind in the last couple of sets the whole way but I have had tough losses in the past and I have come back from them,” Murray said after the game.
Roger Federer could win 2017 Australian Open
According to The Guardian, Roger Federer now has an easier path to having a fairy tale ending to a great career. The 35-year-old was seed to meet Andy Murray in the quarterfinals but the shock loss has opened the door for Federer. He defeated Kei Nishiori in five sets.
“It was a great match and a joy to be part of it. I wasn’t playing badly in the first set – it’s a quick court and things happen fast. It was about staying calm at 4-0. I thought it can’t get any worse from there. It was hard not to win that first set after all the effort but it paid off in the end. This is a huge win for me in my career,” Federer told BBC Sport.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion will now face Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. If Federer wins, he is going to face the winner of the match between Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
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