Roger Federer’s quest to win the Australian Open ended in defeat at the hands of Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Roger Federer, who was one of the favorites for the Australian Open this year, was beaten on Friday by 46th seeded Andreas Seppi from Italy. Federer who is now 36, has won the Australian Open four times in his career and was fully expected to beat the Italian.
That didn’t happen though, and the Tennis world is in shock as one of the best in the game has fallen early in the first Grand Slam of the year.
“It was just a bad day,” Federer said, via BBC Sports. “I wish I could have played better, but clearly it was tough losing the first two sets”
After losing the opening two sets of the game it was going to be an uphill struggle for the Swiss former No. 1. However, this continues baron run of Grand Slam tournaments for Federer which goes all the way back to Wimbledon 2012. Some are questioning if Federer will ever get back to his best, considering he isn’t getting any younger.
Something no one can question is the legacy that the man is leaving behind. Federer, in his career has won four Australian Opens, one French Open, seven Wimbledon wins, five US Open titles.
Enough about Roger, what about this big winner from Italy. Who is Andreas Seppi. The 30 year old who stands at an impressive 6 foot 3 has never won a grand slam. (Probably why he is ranked so low) but no one can deny that this is a massive scalp for his collection.
It is no doubt the biggest victory of Seppi’s career which peaked at 18th in 2013, and he was visibly delighted with the win.
“The tie-break was great, especially the last point.” Seppi stated after his upset win over Federer. 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.”
Everyone will be looking to see how the Italian does in the quarter finals, and interest will be just as high to see how Roger Federer bounces back in the next tournament which is in Ecuador. The Ecuador tournament will be a nice warm up for the French Open the following week.
[H/T BBC Sports]
More from FanSided
- Joe Burrow owes Justin Herbert a thank you note after new contract
- Chiefs gamble at wide receiver could already be biting them back
- Braves-Red Sox start time: Braves rain delay in Boston on July 25
- Yankees: Aaron Boone gives optimistic return date for Aaron Judge
- MLB Rumors: Yankees-Phillies trade showdown, Mariners swoop, India goes to Seattle