It was not a start of the year Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer had expected . Federer who finished 2014 in style by winning Davis Cup for Switzerland was hoping that the 2014 year end form would help him in Australia. But in the first Grand Slam title of the year at Melbourne, the Swiss superstar was stunned by an opponent he had beaten in 10 previous occasions – Italy’s Andreas Seppi- thus dashing Federer’s hopes to add to his 17 Grand Slam titles. The Italian stunned all with a score reading 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5) to set up a fourth round clash with either local favourite Nick Kyrigos or Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri.
The Swiss maestro, was in- fact below par in the match. He continued to struggle on serve — he was broken twice during the second set. This is really uncharacteristic of Federer. In an error prone match by Federer, he failed to convert three break point opportunities in the first set and the Italian took full advantage of the Swiss star’s error prone performance.
If the fancied Federer was stunned by an unknown Italian, India’s tennis star Sania Mirza, who too like Federer had a wonderful 2014 with many titles under her belt, was looking forward to do well at the First Grand Slam title. Sania Mirza and her Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh were beaten by Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska in the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Struggling to find her rhythm from the start, Sania, who recently reached her career best doubles ranking of No 5 for the second time, looked out of sorts and failed to combine with Hsieh as they went down 7-6(5), 6-4 against the unseeded Canadian-Polish pair.