Roger Federer knocked out of Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

Roger Federer stared hard at the future and in the unyielding figure of 20-year-old Stefanos Tsistipas found that it was too much for him.

The 37-year-old Federer, 20 times a Grand Slam champion, will rue his chances, having failed to convert any of the 12 break points he took from Tsitsipas over the course of a riveting clash laden with sparkling shot-making. "I am the happiest man on earth". The world number 15 now faces Roberto Bautista-Agut - who has gone from strength to strength since beating Andy Murray - for a place in the semi-finals.

The Australian Open served up another surprise earlier in the day when Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova crashed out of the tournament to 22-year-old local favorite Ashleigh Barty, but not before enduring the wrath of the crowd due to perceived dirty tactics.

He showed such good tennis over the years. 'I actually from the very beginning I kept the mindset to believe in myself and my capabilities. "It was a dream come true for me. just facing him". The second such warning resulted in the loss of a serve, and Tsitsipas proceeded to double-fault, offering up a break point to Federer.

"There are always multiple factors in match like this, but it didn't go well on the set points", Federer said.

'I lost to a better player who hung in there and stayed calm, credit to him.

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Players, staff and media all wear identification badges on lanyards around their necks to access secure areas at Melbourne Park and even Federer was not allowed to breeze through without it.

The Swiss master had won courtesy of two tiebreaks.

On the other hand, Tsitsipas will look to bring the best in him in his match against his idol.

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