2017 Australian Open Day 5
2017 Australian Open Day 5 was a relatively timid affair compared to the excitement of days past. Other than one upset (we’ll get to that), everything went pretty much as planned. You can find the full results at the Australian Open website.
Day 5 saw a grand total of two match ups that did not contain a seeded player. Comeback king, Andreas Seppi, backed up his heroics against Nick Kyrgios in the second round with a four sets victory over Steve Darcis. The pair split the first two sets, each 6—4 victors. Things got a little tight after that, with Seppi coming out on top in the third and fourth sets with back to back tiebreakers. The final score was 4—6, 6—4, 7—6(7—1), 7—6(7—2).
In the other seedless match, Mischa Zverev triumphed over Malek Jaziri. Though this match was also a four setter, it was nowhere near as close. Jaziri was able to take the second set 6—4, but the older Zverev romped to victory with multiple breaks in the other sets. The match ended 6—1, 4—6, 6—3, 6—0.
For the most part, everyone you’d expect to win did so. Stan Wawrinka dropped one set and had another tight set, but came out victorious against Victor Troicki 3—6, 6—2, 6—2, 7—6(9—7). Kei Nishikori notched up a trio of 6—4s to defeat Lukas Lacko in straight sets. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga came through two tiebreakers to beat Jack Sock in four sets, while world number one, Andy Murray, ousted another American, Sam Querrey, in straight sets.
All in all, just what you’d expect.
Evans’ Run Continues
Dan Evans was probably in line for upset of the tournament when he took down world number 7, Marin Cilic, in four sets. That honour almost certainly goes to Denis Istomin now, but Evans won’t mind because he notched up another upset.
And he did it with surprising ease.
In straight sets, world number 51, Dan Evans, took down the last Australian man in the singles draw. Bernard Tomic. Now, I say with “surprising ease”, though it was anything but easy. It was surprising that Evans was able to do as good as job as he did against the world number 27. But he had to work for it.
The final scoreline of 7—5, 7—6(7—2), 7—6(7—3) illustrates how close the match was, though in truth Tomic didn’t look all that interested until the tail end of the match. Breaks were dropped by both players, and Evans seemed to revel in the role of pantomime villain for the crowd.
It looks set to be a good year for the British number three, who follows his first ever ATP final in Sydney last week with his first ever Grand Slam fourth round this week.
And Then There Was Federer
We’ve all been giddy with excitement to see him return. We’ve all expected some great tennis. And, let’s be honest, we’ve all been managing our expectations a bit.
When the Australian Open draw came out, many looked at Federer’s path and predicted him to fall in the third or fourth round. Well, he could still fall in the fourth, but he didn’t in the third. Emphatically so.
As expected, Roger Federer faced off against Thomas Berdych in what was essentially the first real test of Federer’s game since his extended layoff. His game was not found wanting.
Federer routed poor Berdych in straight sets 6—2, 6—4, 6—4. Like Tomic above, Berdych didn’t seem to get a handle on the match until the final stages, but by then it was too late. Two sets and a break down, Berdych was simply too far behind. Not that it mattered because he never came close to making inroads on Federer’s serve.
On paper this should have been seen as an upset. Federer is currently ranked 17th to Berdych’s 10th. The Swiss maestro moves on to a fourth round date with Nishikori. And if he can get by the Japanese number one, there’s a very good chance Andy Murray will be waiting.
Anyone else licking their lips in anticipation?
This was our 2017 Australian Open day 5 round up. Join us tomorrow for day 6!