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Australian Open: Top seeded Murray defeated by world No. 50 Zverev

  • Sunday wasn’t usual for audiences at Melbourne Park, when World number 1 Briton Andy Murray was knocked out of the Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne. Losing in the fourth round to world number 50 Mischa Zverev of Germany, Murray finished runner-up for the fifth time at Australian Open.

    Murray's arch rival and reigning champion Novak Djokovic also lost to Denis Istomin in the second round on Thursday. With this the year's first grand slam will take place without its top two seeds at the quarter-final stage.

    Murray, the top seeded player, dropped serve eight times 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena. This is Murray's earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009, and Zverev is the lowest-ranked player Briton has lost to at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.

    Zverev will face either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

    In words of Zverev, staying calm was tough rather than staying aggressive. All it took for this German were three hours and 33 minutes to knock Murray out of the Australian Open.

    Zverev sported an aggression that was too much for Murray and he dominated the match with some brilliant net play. Noticeably this 29-year-old German was nowhere in the world's top 1,000 two years ago after a series of injuries.