By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer showed his 35-year-old legs may yet still carry him to a long-awaited 18th grand slam title as he overhauled fifth seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set slog to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Having issued a reminder of his class in the 90-minute rout of Tomas Berdych, Federer flaunted his endurance by prevailing 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3 after a three hour and 26 minute battle under the lights at Rod Laver Arena. After six months out of the game to recover from a knee injury, Federer's fairytale return will continue against giant-killing German Mischa Zverev, who sensationally ousted top seed Andy Murray on the same centre court only hours before.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Mischa Zverev still remembers one of his earliest losses to Andy Murray, when the two were rising juniors, just 17 years old, and playing in the semifinals of the 2004 U.S. Open boys’ tournament. Zverev tried playing a serve-and-volley game and lost. Murray went on to win the title. More than 12 years later, Zverev tried the same tactics against Murray on a far bigger stage — and this time it worked. The German journeyman served, volleyed and sliced his way to a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 upset over No. 1-ranked Murray to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. “I knew I could get to him with my game,” Zverev said. “I knew I could slice a lot, come in, try to annoy him,
Troubled tennis player Nick Kyrgios acknowledged after his testy loss to Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open this week that he could certainly benefit from having a coach. Andre Agassi says he feels a certain kinship with Kyrgios, but he's not the man for the job. The other factor, Agassi said, is that if he's going to coach, it would have to be with someone who wants to learn.