Australian Open 2017: Underdog Knocks Out Tennis World No. 1
On Sunday, tennis world No. 1, Andy Murray got a shock defeat in the fourth round at the Australian Open 2017.
Underdog and world No. 51, Mischa Zverev knocked out Andy Murray in a shocking upset victory in Melbourne.
Zverev, ranked 50 spots below Murray, has never before defeated a top player in the world.
His closest attempt at defeating a top player was last year when he failed to beat Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Open.
The German gave little notice for Murray’s pedigree, status and stature as he kept giving serve after serve.
He came home with a shocking 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 fourth-round victory over Murray in 3 hours, 34 minutes.
An excited Zverev told reporters on the court after the game:
“I was in a little coma, serve and volleying my way through it.
“Everything just feels a little bit unreal.
“It was the best match of my life, not only because it was best-of-five set match, it was a slam. It was just incredible.”
Through the game, Zverev played well above his ranking, showing a lot of quality and determination to win.
Zverev found his winning trick by repeatedly moving forward in the court.
He won 65 of 118 points at the net, while Murray won only 29 of 44 net attempts.
Australian Open 2017: Murray Knocked Out In 4th Round
Since 2006, Murray hasn’t been defeated by an opponent ranked as low as Zverev at a Grand Slam.
His last defeat to an underdog was to 51st-ranked Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina at the 2006 Australian Open.
Murray admitted Zverev’s good play saying:
“It just wasn’t meant to be.
“He deserved to win because he played great when he was down, and also in the important moments.
“It’s the shots he was coming up with when he did come forward.
“He came up with some great pickups, reflex volleys, especially at the end of the match when it was tight.
“He served very well when he needed to, especially when he was behind in games.”
This is Murray’s earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009.
Zverev will now face Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.