Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of the Australian open by the American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets. Wawrinka was visibly struggling with his knee and never really got going in the entire match.
David Goffin, was another seed who toppled out of the Australian open. Goffin was knocked out in four sets by the Frenchman Julian Benneteau (6-1, 6-7, 1-6, 6-7). David Goffin was an eminent threat that was lurking in Federer’s draw, having beaten him at the ATP world tour finals last year. Federer is now the strong favourite to win the title, after Goffin’s exit.
The 13th seed Sam Querrey was also shown the doors by the Hungarian Marton Fuscovics, in four sets (4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 2-6). Querrey joins a bunch of other Americans who have had an uneventful start to the year’s first slam.
Garbine Muguruza was also knocked out of the tournament under tough conditions in straight sets by Su-Wei Hsieh. Muguruza later on said she was not playing at her best but at the same time praised the Chinese player for being aggressive and capitalising on her mistakes. Britain’s hope Johanna Konta was demolished in straight sets by the American Bernarda Pera. Konta put up a performance that was unlike her, she said – “It’s a bit frustrating but I’m still taking good stuff from this,” Konta said. “I don’t feel, by any means, it’s a massive catastrophe.””I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don’t want to be going home this early.”
Konta was blown off the court by the blistering pace from her opponent. Konta’s serve lacked the usual venom as well, as she missed a regulation smash to gift her opponent the match after saving 4 match points.
Fernando Verdasco was also knocked out of the tournament, in a marathon five setter by the German, Marterer.