Four-time Australian Open champion, Roger Federer has been eliminated in the third round of the Ausutralian Open by Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
The Swiss second seed claimed only 30 per cent of break points on his track to a 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(5) defeat to No. 46th-ranked Seppi.
The third round defeat, Federer’s first in Melbourne since 2001, ends his 11 consecutive streak of semi-finals appearances from 2004-2014.
Seppi, 30, on his own part ends a 23-match losing streak against top 10 opponents and breaks the hoodoo against the 17-time Grand Slam champion, whom he had never won in his previous meetings.
“I just tried my best and it was one of my best matches for sure,” said Seppi. “I just tried to enjoy playing on centre court (Rod Laver Arena) because it’s not often I get the chance.
After losing the second set tie-breaker to drop the opening two sets to love, Federer twice had to serve to stay in the match before conceding another tie-breaker in the fourth; hence, the match. He is without a a Grand Slam title since his Wimbledon triumph in 2012.
Federer said: “I just somehow couldn’t play my best tennis today & that was also due to Andreas playing great tennis. I just had an overall feeling that I couldn’t get the game going.”
““I knew how important that second set tiebreaker was… so clearly that hurt. It just broke me to lose that second set.”