SWISS legend Roger Federer last night revealed he had a premonition of his shock exit from the Australian Open, which is being hailed as one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.Unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi played arguably the best match of 11-year career to score a staggering 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) victory over the 17-time grand slam winner and four-time Melbourne Park champion.
To say the result was unexpected is an understatement.
TAB had Federer at $1.01 to win before the match with Seppi priced at $15.
The 30-year-old Seppi, the world No.46, has never advanced past the fourth-round of a grand slam since making his debut in 2004.
The third-round exit is Federer’s earliest at Melbourne Park since 2001, which was before he had even won a single grand slam.
And it is only the second time he has not made the round of 16 at a grand slam since 2004.
It was a dirty day for Federer, who committed 55 unforced errors and nine double faults.
Afterwards, he admitted to a feeling of dread leading into the match.
“I felt for some reason yesterday and this morning it was not going to be very simple today. Even in practice I still felt the same way,” Federer said.
“I was just hoping it was one of those feelings you sometimes have and it’s totally not true and you just come out and you play a routine match.
I was well prepared; I just somehow couldn’t play my best tennis today.
“It was definitely partially because of Andreas playing very well.
He was at a loss to explain the loss, putting it down to a “bad day.”
“I wish I could have played better but today was tough,” Federer said.
“It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy with the shadow (on the court), but it was the same for both of us.”
Seppi had never beaten Federer in 10 matches between the pair and he admitted even he couldn’t believe it.
“I don’t know how (I did it),” Seppi said.
“It was one of my best matches for sure and great in front (of a) full stadium.”
It became clear from the outset that Federer was not on his game.
He missed a number of shots he usually would make and his first serve was not working for him.
Seppi capitalised to break him and pinch the first set, 6-4.
The Italian continued to trouble the superstar in the second set, breaking Federer for a second time in the match.