Roger Federer beaten at Australian Open by Andreas Seppi

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Four-time champion Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open after being beaten in the third round by unheralded Italian Andreas Seppi.

The 33-year-old Swiss second seed went down 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) to Seppi, who is ranked 46 in the world. Seppi, 30, had never beaten the 17-time Grand Slam champion in 10 previous meetings and his win ends a 23-match losing streak against top 10 opponents. "I just tried my best and it was one of my best matches for sure," said Seppi. It is the first time since 2003 that Federer has failed to reach at least the semi-finals in Melbourne, and extends his run without a Grand Slam title which stretches back to Wimbledon 2012. He enjoyed a revival last year, vying with Novak Djokovic for the number one ranking, and began 2015 with his 83rd career title in Brisbane. However, there had been signs in his previous match against another Italian, Simone Bolelli, that the Swiss was not at his best as he dropped the opening set. Federer found himself in even more trouble when Seppi took a two-set lead and, despite cutting the deficit in the third, he was in increasing danger as the fourth progressed without a break. Two points from defeat in game 10, Federer held on to force another tie-break and had two serves at 5-4, but lost them both to give Seppi a match point. Faced with the biggest point of his career, Seppi came up with a spectacular running forehand pass to complete a stunning upset. "I just tried to enjoy playing on centre court (Rod Laver Arena) because it's not often I get the chance," added the Italian. "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." Kazinform refers to BBC.com

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