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Australian Open – Federer Double Faults

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The Australian Open lost it’s favourite son on Friday morning, Roger Federer. The Rod Laver Arena had become a fortress for the Swiss maestro who had recorded so many memorable memories since making his debut at the event in 2000 but today will go down as a horror show!

Federer struggled with his first serve percentage throughout and dropped the first two sets against the unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi.

When Seppi lost the third set the feeling was that the tide had turned but the Italian forced the fourth set to a tiebreak.

Federer established a mini break but changed ends on level terms after another double fault had brought his opponent back into the contest.

Federer suddenly faced match point on the Seppi serve, the tension had become unbearable!

Then came the moment that will long be remembered as Seppi fired a pin-point return down the line when Federer was seemingly in charge of the rally.

It confirmed Federer’s exit while Seppi enjoying the feeling of a first victory against a tennis icon.

It means that Federer has failed to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open for the first time since 2003 while it is also the first time since Wimbledon in 2013 that he has failed to progress past the 3rd round at a Grand Slam.

Federer has been the crowd pleaser and the main attraction for so many years but at the age of 33 I can’t help but wonder if the former World number one has enough in the tank to win one of the big four again.

He remains a champion in every sense of the word but today he was beaten by Andreas Seppi who certainly deserved his victory.

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