Australian Open 2017: Federer faces serve and volley king Mischa Zverev in the quarters
Federer will face 50th ranked German Zverev instead, who stunned Murray in the fourth round with his fast serve and volley game
The Swiss legend Roger Federer, who is looking for a resurrection in a hunt for an unprecedented 18th Grand Slam will face surprise quarter-finalist, Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Roger, who fell to his all-time low of 17th in ranking after sustaining a knee injury in 2016 followed by a six-month-long respite, was expected to meet world no.1 Andy Murray after winning over Japanese Kei Nishikori.
Federer will face 50th ranked German Zverev instead, who stunned Murray in the fourth round with his fast serve and volley game. Fed, lovingly called by fans is seeking his fifth Australian Open at age 35. The winner will play either former champion Stan Wawrinka or former finalist Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who also meets on Tuesday.
Zverev, the elder brother of rising star Alexander Zverev, shocked the Scot with his meticulously planned serve and volley game which pushed Murray out of his comfort lucid game.
In their past encounters, the 29-year-old German lost to Federer without winning a game at Halle in 2013, and lost another in straight sets in Rome four years earlier.
But the Swiss is highly cautious of his game against reinvigorated Zverev in the unique pressures of a best-of-five-set quarter-final on the slick Rod Laver Arena hardcourt, where top seeds Murray and six-time-champion have already lost their campaigns.
"Obviously he's on a high right now. He's feeling great. Probably feels the best he's ever felt on a tennis court," said Federer after the match against Nishikori.
For elder Zverev, it's a dream come true.
"Playing Roger will be a dream for me. Growing up I was inspired by him. He's my favourite player," he said, after beating Murray in four sets.
Senior players like Wawrinka and Tsonga will also try to benefit from the absence of Murray from their side by attempting for a semi-final birth. Wawrinka will be the favourite who has three Grand Slams to his credits, including 2014 Melbourne win over Rafel Nadal.