Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Roger Federer beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open fourth round

Roger Federer beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open fourth round

The NextGen Finals champion beat Federer, who is 17 years his senior, 6-7 (11-13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Rod Laver Arena. "I think with the new racquet I was able to swing through the backhand slightly, a bit more freely, but I did that the entire tournament you know", said Roger Federer. "And I think the racquet allowed me to do that and I gained confidence", he added.

The pair were contesting their first ATP-level match, although did meet last month in a Hopman Cup match which Federer edged in two tie-breaks, indicating their contest in Melbourne would be equally as tight.

'There is nothing I can describe it, I'm the happiest man on earth right now, ' said Tsitsipas.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning the match against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili.

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It was an inauspicious start for the Greek, who was given two time violations by umpire James Keothavong in a testy opening game, which saw Federer also upset by a line call. Get first serves in, didn't lose patience.

He saved eight break points in the second set to keep Federer at bay yet had no such gifts on his opponent's serve. This is the six-time champion's earliest exit from Melbourne and from any Grand Slam since 2015.

In a match high on spectacular rallies and winners - 123 in total - Federer was left to rue 12 missed break point opportunities as his forehand let him down time and again when it mattered, accounting for 33 of his 55 unforced errors. "I have so much respect for him".

Nadal broke in the fourth game of the first set, after which De Minaur went on to take only four points as Nadal won 6-1.

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