Just a few weeks after their Hopman Cup match which Federer won 7-6, 7-6 not breaking the serve (BPs in two games) of his 17 years younger opponent, the Swiss couldn’t do this in another four sets on Rod Laver Arena wasting twelve break points in the first three sets (2-3-1-4-2 respectively). Especially wasted chances in the 2nd set were painful because Federer  blew four set points leading 5:4 (the Greek fought off the first two with unreturnable serves). In the opener Federer had saved three set points in a 13/11 tie-break (6:7, 8:9, 10:11 – all on his serve). At 5-all in the 4th set tie-break, there was a late call to Federer’s forehand, but a correct one (the ball was long), and Tsitsipas  converted his first match point with an aggressive forehand. # Federer’s second defeat after this scoreline!
# Comparison of Federer’s four-set defeats after identical scorelines:
Wimbledon ’13 (2R): Stakhovsky d. Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6… 3 hours 1 minute… Total points: 162-161… Fed 2-2-1 points away from winning a 2nd set
Aussie Open ’19 (4R): Tsitsipas d. Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6… 3 hours 45 minutes… Total points: 178-166… Fed 1-7-2 points away from winning a 2nd set
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