Melbourne - Second
seed Roger Federer was bundled out of the Australian Open third round
by Italian Andreas Seppi on Friday, suffering his first career defeat in
11 meetings between the pair in the 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) loss.
17-times grand slam champion has not lost this early in the
season-opening grand slam since his second trip to Melbourne Park in
2001, when he also lost in the third round.
"I just tried to enjoy
playing on centre court again," Seppi said in a courtside interview
after his victory. "It's not often you get the chance to play on centre
"I just tried to play my best and I did because I was playing Roger.
never feel comfortable playing against Roger, but I was focussing on my
service game, I didn't have many chances on his serve."
33-year-old Swiss struggled with his first serve early in the match,
while the 30-year-old Seppi took advantage of three of his five break
points to take a two sets to love lead.
Federer broke in the third game of the third set to begin what many on Rod Laver Arena thought would be a successful fight back.
however, forced a tiebreak in the fourth and clinched victory with a
desperate lunging forehand past the charging Swiss at the net to set up a
fourth round clash with either Australian Nick Kyrgios or Tunisia's