World No 1 ANDY MURRAY was sent crashing out of the Australian Open by German Mischa Zverev in a huge shock in Melbourne.
The Briton came in to odds-on favourite to win the tournament following Novak Djokovic’s shock exit – but the world number one was dealt the same fate by world number 50 Zverev.
Murray went down 5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 4-6 as he looked distinctly out of sorts against his 29-year-old German opponent.
In a bad day at the office for Murray, his aim appeared wildly off-centre in a disappointing third set when they were tied 1-1.
This followed on into the fifth set, with Murray out-thought, and out-battled by the underdog.
Clearly distraught after his defeat, Murray didn’t hang around after Zverev sealed the famous victory, and made a quick exit off the court.
Speaking after his superb victory court-side to Jim Courier, Zverev said: “I got excited, the crowd is here, how can you not stay focussed.
“It was easy to stay aggressive, but tough to stay calm. But somehow I made it.
“It means the world to me, my whole family is here, and it’s just amazing.”