2017 Australian Open Day 7
After the Qatar Open ended, few people thought the winner of the Australian Open would be anyone other than Novak Djokovic. After Djokovic crashed out in the second round, few people thought the winner would be anybody other than Andy Murray.
Well well well. Didn’t the 2017 Australian Open day 7 action throw us a curve ball.
Number One Seed Out
Andy Murray took on 50th ranked Mischa Zverev today, and things did not go to plan for the top seed. The older Zverev came with a plan of his own, however, and it couldn’t have gone better. Zverev was aggressive from the get go, serve-and-volleying like it was still in fashion.
The unseeded German was able to take the first set, raising a few eyebrows as Murray had not yet dropped a set in the tournament. When Murray took the second set, most felt that normal service had resumed.
How wrong we were.
Zverev went on to take the match 7—5, 5—7, 6—2, 6—4, and another top player went out of the tournament (top seeded Angelique Kerber also went out on the women’s side).
And The Rest
Dan Evans’ impressive run came to an end at the hands of Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. For one tense set, it looked as though the unseeded Brit might add to his list of scalps. Tsonga soon ended that notion, however, taking the next three. That match ended 6—7(4—7), 6—2, 6—4, 6—4.
2014 Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, ended Andreas Seppi’s run with a tight straight sets victory. It took three tiebreaks for the defending US Open champion to seal the deal, however. The final score was 7—6(7—2), 7—6(7—4), 7—6(7—4).
Whether or not the remaining 2017 Australian Open day 7 match was an upset or not depends on your perspective. On paper, Kei Nishikori should have beaten Roger Federer. Nishikori is the higher seed, he’s younger, he’s been far more active. Paper, of course, doesn’t take into account the Federer Factor.
It took five sets, but Federer was able to overcome Japan’s finest 6—7(4—7), 6—4, 6—1, 4—6, 6—3. And with no Andy Murray in his half of the draw, and no Novak Djokovic waiting in the final, Grand Slam number 18 suddenly looks like a strong possibility.
With Murray and Djokovic out, the tournament is wide open. There are favourites, of course, but no clear favourites. Milos Raonic is now the highest seed remaining. Wawrinka is the only current Grand Slam champion left in the draw. And there’s a mouth watering prospect of one more (possibly the last) Federer Vs. Nadal Grand Slam final.
Of course, the way this tournament has gone, it could also be a Zverev Vs. Istomin final!