Crunch time in the Australian Open; Quarter-Finals begin

The Australian Open has been unpredictable to say the least. Not even the most far-seeing mystics could have predicted top seeds being swatted from the sky like pesky flies.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, the number 2 seed, was the first to fall by the roadside ousted in the 2nd round by a player ranked 117th, he was quickly followed by World number one Andy Murray beaten in the 4th by another unseeded player.

The Women’s singles did not escape the assault on the top, 4th seed Simona Halep and then a shocking early exit for number 1 seed and defending champion Angelique Kerber.

Improbably seven of the top ten seeds are out in the men’s and six in the women’s, with both defending Champs out, it will be new hands grasping the ultimate prize in Melbourne come Sunday.

Men’s Singles QF

Zverev (Ger) v Federer (Swi) 17

4 Wawrinka (Swi) v Tsonga (Fra) 12

9 Nadal (SPA) v Raonic (Can) 3

11 Goffin (Bel) v Dimitrov (Bul) 15

Women’s Singles QF

Vandeweghe (US) v Muguruza Blanco (SPA) 7

13 V Williams (US) v Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 24

5 Pliskova (Cze) v Lucic-Baroni (Cro)

9 Konta (GB) v S Williams (US) 2
EDIT: Venus Williams defeated Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets and is through to semis where she’ll face Vandeweghe who has now beaten two top 10 seeds following her victory over Garbine Muguruza.

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