A troubled Roger Federer was put out of his misery by Italian, Andreas Seppi in the third round of the Australian Open 2015.
The 33-year old Swiss went down to Seppi, the world No.46 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) in four dramatic sets.
It was the 11th meeting between the two and Seppi had won only one set in all of his previous meetings against the 17-time grand slam champion, but those stats were thrown to the wind today.
The Italian played with steely resolve and matched Federer shot for shot as he went on to win the first set and force a tie-breaker in the second set. Federer though leading the breaker 4-1, could not stop Seppi as he won 6 of the last 7 points to take the second set with a tie-breaker score of 7-5.
Federer in the post-match interview said that it hurt and felt bad after he lost the second set tie-breaker. That costly slip brought his morale down.
It just broke me to lose that second set
Although there was some feeling around the Rod Laver Arena that it was “game on” after Federer won the third set 6-3, the Swiss No.1 could not keep playing his best tennis as he suffered yet another tie-breaker loss after leading the fourth set tie-breaker, to hand Seppi his first win over the World No.2 in 11 career meetings.
Seppi ended his losing streak against Federer in emphatic fashion as he hit a wonderful forehand pass, past a hapless Federer at net.
For sure it was one of the important shots of my life
said Seppi of his final winner of the day.
I just tried to enjoy playing on centre court (Rod Laver Arena) because it’s not often I get the chance. I was focusing on my service games as I was not getting many chances on his.
The tie-break was great, especially the last point. I did not think I would get the ball. I thought it was a winner so I don’t know how I hit a winner
said an excited Seppi after the win.
Federer said that it was just a bad day for him and he now plans to rest before returning to action in Dubai next month.
This is the first time in eight years that there will be no Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
Meanwhile the ailing Rafeal Nadal made it to the last 16 with a comfortable win over Dudi Sela, dispatching the Israeli 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 in straight sets.