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23 Jan 2017 - 12:47 AM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2017 - 10:36 AM

As if there weren’t enough talking points from this year’s Australian Open, day seven provided the ultimate surprises: both number one seeds are out.

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will be packing their bags and leaving Melbourne before reaching the Grand Slam’s quarter final. 

Murray threw away his golden opportunity to claim his first Australian Open title, losing to Germany’s Mischa Zverev in four sets (7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4).

Murray, who was the overwhelming favourite to claim the championship after Novak Djokovic’s exit three days ago, says the loss is extremely disappointing.

Zverev played brilliant attacking tennis; a day after his younger brother Alexander came close to defeating Rafael Nadal.

Zverev says his self-confidence was key to his success.

Zverev will now face Roger Federer, who is now closer to winning an 18th grand slam after defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori in five sets (6-7 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3).

Federer’s win was his 200th over a top-10 player.

Meanwhile Angelique Kerber fell to America Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets (2-6 3-6).

Vandeweghe displayed brilliant form on court, with her forehands and backhands forcing several breaks on the world number one and defending champion.

Vandeweghe says the win is the highlight of her career.


Stan Wawrinka is also through to the quarterfinals, after defeating Italy’s Andres Seppi in straight sets (7-6 7-6 7-6).

In the women’s contests, Venus Williams powered through to the quarterfinals, beating German Mona Barthel in straight sets (6-3 7-5).

The 36-year-old American will be the oldest female champion in the professional era if she wins the grand slam.

Williams says her longevity in the sport is not something she actively thinks about.

Day eight of the Australian Open will see round 4 wrap up, when Serena Williams takes on Barbora Strycova and Australia’s Daria Gavrilova faces Karolina Pliskova.

In the men’s contest, Dominic Thiem will play David Goffin, Gael Monfils will take on Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov will play Denis Istomin.