This Sunday, we saw history being made at the Australian Open, when, for the first time in the Open era, both No. 1-ranked players were knocked out before the quarterfinals. Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber lost hours apart, but equally surprising, and will have to wait for another year for a new chance at the title.
Murray lost to Mischa Zverev, from Germany, in four sets (7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4), ending his dream of putting his hands on the big trophy. The Brit played five finals in Melbourne and lost them all, a negative record that he surely wants to improve.
Andy told reporters, right after the game, that he feels disappointed, but he always came back stronger after such tough losses. He was the competition’s standout player for the second half of 2016 and this defeat to Zverev, number 51 ATP, will definitely affect his confidence.
On the other hand, the 29-year-old German made the best game of his career, so his morale has skyrocketed! Mischa didn’t discard his net rush style of play and came to the net 118 times, winning 65 of those points against one of the best counter-punchers in tennis.
On the women’s bracket, Angelique Kerber joins the club of the top players eliminated way too soon, alongside Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Romania’s Simona Halep.
Just 12 months ago, Kerber won her first Grand Slam title on the same court where she now lost 2-6, 3-6 to Coco Vandeweghe, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist and one of the hardest hitters in the WTA. Kerber’s defeat means that we will have a new WTA leader after the Australian Open, but only if Serena Williams manages to win the title on Saturday.
In the next round, Mischa Zverev will meet Swiss legend Roger Federer, while Coco Vandeweghe will take up Garbine Muguruza from Spain.