Raonic shocks Wawrinka, qualifier Zhang rolls on

Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:33am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of men's tennis by flooring former champion Stan Wawrinka on Monday before China's Zhang Shuai became the first qualifier to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in more than 20 years.

Second seed Andy Murray, returning to court two days after his father-in-law was rushed to hospital, hit back for the old guard in the evening session at Rod Laver Arena though, banishing Bernard Tomic, the last home hope in the singles.

Murray's win capped a banner day for Britain following Johanna Konta's advance, giving the nation men's and women's singles quarter-finalists at the same grand slam for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Melbourne Park was rocked by corruption allegations on its opening day, and a week later, integrity fears returned as a former Australian professional player pleaded guilty to match-fixing at a Sydney court.

Former world number 187 Nick Lindahl appeared in court just hours after a top global bookmaker suspended betting after heavy gambling on a mixed doubles match at Melbourne Park.

The winning doubles pair dismissed suspicions over the match after being questioned by integrity officials.

There was no questioning the commitment of Raonic and Wawrinka as the pair slugged out a three-hour 44-minute thriller in the day session on Rod Laver Arena.

Long seen as a threat to the Novak Djokovic-led establishment, 25-year-old Raonic showed ice in his veins to fend off the 2014 champion 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-3 after the 30-year-old Swiss roared back from two sets down.   Continued...

Canada's Milos Raonic reacts after winning his fourth round match against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed