Roger Federer booked his place in the quarter-finals after an enthralling five-set victory over fifth seed Kei Nishikori but on the same day, Andy Murray packed his bags after being outclassed by world no.50 Mischa Zverev
After overwhelming top ten star Tomas Berdych in the third round, Roger Federer was looking to repeat the trick against Japanese Kei Nishikori but he knew it wouldn’t be that simple…
After falling 5-1 behind in the first set, Kei Nishikori looked in complete control until Federer came racing behind to claim five games in succession to give the Swiss a 6-5 lead in the opener. Nishikori put a halt to that run as he won the next game to take us into a tie-break. As usual on many occasions, Nishikori made light work of his opponent by using his masterful groundstrokes to deservedly give himself the opening set.
The five-time champion returned in style as a crucial break brought the match at one set apiece as Federer started to find his rhythm. The Swiss blistered through the third as his Japanese opponent began to struggle. The match was far from done just then as the fifth seed rallied impressively to take us into a breath-taking fifth-set. Federer produced a strong and solid display in the final set to seal a thrilling win over a bitterly disappointed Kei Nishikori but that would not stop the Rod Laver Arena going into raptures because this match was of course going to live long in the memory of those thousands of people seated in Melbourne. Federer goes on to play Andy Murray’s conqueror Mischa Zverev in Tuesday’s quarter-finals.
After his younger brother’s exploits against Rafael Nadal the previous day, older brother Mischa Zverev was looking to go one step better with an extremely tough task against world number one Andy Murray. To the surprise of everyone seated in the Rod Laver Arena, Mischa Zverev claimed a tight first set 7-5 as his aggressive tennis began to increasingly trouble the British number one. Murray handled the situation pretty well in the second set to level the match at one set all. The German didn’t seem to be troubled from that point on to eventually claim the biggest win of his career to date as Andy Murray was sent home with a day to surely forget.
British woes continued as Dan Evans’ remarkable run to the fourth round ended at the hands to Frenchman Jo Wilfred-Tsonga. Despite losing in four sets, it’s no surprise that this week has arguably been the best week of the Briton’s career after upsetting both Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic on his way to the last 16. Tsonga’s win set up a tie against 2013 champion Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets.