British world number one tennis player Andy Murray has been defeated by Mischa Zverev while veteran and former number one, Roger Federer, managed to defeat Kei Nishikori after being 5-1 down in the first set.
Murray lost to Zverev 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. Zverev has never progressed beyond the third round of a major championship. This was his first Grand Slam appearance in six years.
Federer on the other hand managed to defeat Nishikori, a 2014 U.S. Open finalist. Federer won 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Nishikori, was suffering with cramp towards the end of the match and need treatment late on.
A Tournament of Shock Defeats
In the second round Novak Djokovic was beaten by Denis Istomin, a wild – card entry. The six time defending champion was expected to win with comparative ease.
Andrew Murray said, “Right now I’m obviously very down because I wanted to go further in this event, and it wasn’t to be. I’ve had tough losses in my career in the past. I’ve come back from them. This is a tough one. I’m sure I’ll come back OK.”
This is the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds have not reached the finals of the Australian Open. It also heralds the first time since 2004 in the French Open that the top two seeds have not reached the finals of a Grand Slam tournament.
Speaking of his defeat, Murray continued, “It’s the shots he was coming up with when he did come forward. I mean, he came up with some great pickups, you know, reflex volleys especially at the end when it was tight.
“He served very well when he needed to … he deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments.”
The top two seeds failing to reach the finals opens up opportunities for other players in the tournement.