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  • Melbourne, Australia - Andreas Seppi knew he couldnt relax. Nene Jersey . Up two sets against Roger Federer, the 30-year-old Italian was eying a big upset but remained wary of the opponent on the other side of the net. Its never comfortable playing Roger, Seppi said in an on-court interview with a TV reporter. He should know. Seppi lost his first 10 matches against Federer before finally finding the all-time greats number in a monster upset on one of tennis biggest stages. Seppi handed the second-seeded former world No. 1 Federer his earliest exit at the Australian Open in 14 years, gutting out a four-set win in the third round on Friday that took three hours to complete and ended with one of the unheralded Italians best shots on match point in a fourth-set tiebreak. Following a hard serve, Seppi found himself in no mans land on Federers return but got the ball back. It drew Federer to the net, but Seppi was able to track the next shot down in the corner, looping a forehand over Federer and down the line for a winner. It finished off a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) win that ended Federers run of 11 consecutive semifinal appearances at the seasons first Grand Slam event. To beat Roger first time, especially in a Grand Slam, best-of-five, is a special moment for me, said Seppi. Of course, at the beginning, I just went on the court to enjoy the match and to play my best tennis. I was pretty calm. I have to say, from the beginning [and] also in the important moments. Federer hadnt lost this early at the Aussie Open since he was also ousted in the third round way back in 2001. [It was] just a bad day, admitted Federer. I wish I could have played better, but clearly it was tough losing the first two. [I] had chances to get back into it. I let it slip, I mean, both times in some ways. I guess I won the wrong points out there today. I knew how important that second set tiebreak was, so clearly that hurt, losing that one. The end wasnt pretty. It wasnt easy to play with the shadow. But it was the same for both of us. [It was] just a disappointing loss. The four-time Aussie champion -- his last win came in 2010 -- Federer aced Seppi 15 times but also committed nine double faults, including one to go down 15-30 in the 12th game of the fourth set. The Swiss star fought back and won the game with an ace to force a tiebreak. Federer holds a mens-record 17 Grand Slam titles, but its the three-time ATP champion Seppi who moved on to face Aussie Nick Kyrgios. Meanwhile, third-seeded former No. 1 Rafael Nadal got past Israeli Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 and No. 6 seed Andy Murray, a three-time Aussie Open runner- up, eased to a 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 win over Portuguese Joao Sousa and will next face No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov, who battled Marcos Baghdatis for 3 hours, 27 minutes before besting the 2006 Melbourne runner-up 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal beat Federer in the 2009 Aussie final and is a two-time runner-up in Melbourne, including last year when he was stunned by Stan Wawrinka in the final. Nadal, of course, is the reigning French Open king. Nadals fourth-round opponent will be tall South African Kevin Anderson. In other third-round action involving seeds, No. 7 former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych handled Serb and last weeks Sydney champion Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and a No. 14 Anderson dismissed No. 24 Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6). Up next for Berdych will be dangerous Aussie Bernard Tomic. Also on Day 5, the promising crowd favorite Kyrgios doused Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 and an all-Aussie affair saw Tomic knock out Sam Groth 6-4, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3. The third round will resume here on Saturday, including matches for current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the fourth-seeded reigning Oz champion Wawrinka and fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori. Djokovic will take on 31st-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, while Wawrinka will encounter Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen and the Japanese Nishikori will be opposed by American two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson. The reigning Wimbledon champ Djokovic is a seven-time major titlist, including four Aussie crowns. He captured the title at Melbourne Park three straight years from 2011-13. Also slated for action Saturday are eighth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, ninth-seeded former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer and 19th-seeded towering American John Isner. Marcin Gortat Swingman Jersey .C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach. Nene Wizards Jersey . 1 contender Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks, hanging on to win a razor-thin split decision at UFC 167 on Saturday night.NEW ORLEANS -- Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs rallied just in time to avoid an embarrassing loss to the worst team in the Western Conference. Duncan had four key points down the stretch, DeJuan Blair finished with 23 and the Spurs beat the short-handed New Orleans Hornets 89-86 on Saturday night. The Spurs, chasing Oklahoma City for the best record in the West, trailed by a point twice in the final two minutes. Duncan responded each time, atoning for a lacklustre game by making two free throws and tipping in a missed shot with 1:19 left to give San Antonio the lead for good. "New Orleans was more efficient than we were and executed better than we did," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "So we just had to hang in there and keep plugging. That is probably the best thing we did was keep on pushing, and at the end of the game it worked out. We were fortunate." Jarrett Jack had 27 points for the Hornets, but only two came in the fourth quarter. He also committed a turnover and missed a driving layup in the final 32.7 seconds. "I was just trying to make a play at the basket," he said. "My legs were kind of tired. I tried to muster it up there, and I just didnt have enough steam to get it up on the glass." Duncan finished with 13 points and seven rebounds but was only 4 of 11 from the field. Popovich said before the victory he probably would rest Duncan when the Spurs host Philadelphia on Sunday in their third game in three days. New Orleans had one final chance to tie after the Spurs Danny Green missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, but Marco Belinelli threw up an air ball in traffic after catching an inbounds pass. Tony Parker had 12 points and 10 assists for San Antonio, and reserve Stephen Jackson added 14 points. The Spurs played without Manu Ginobili, who stayed in San Antonio to rest a sore hip. "It was a hard-fought win," Parker said. "Well take it." Carl Landry had 15 points for the Hornets, who were missing three starters from their win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The ugly, tight game had 14 ties and 16 lead changes. The Spurs were ahead by one at the end of the first quarter, the Hornets had a one-point advantaage at halftime and the Spurs led by one again at the end of the third. Martell Webster Authentic Jersey. . After Duncans tip-in, Green took a wild pass from Parker and hit a contested baseline jumper to give San Antonio an 89-86 lead in the final minute. The Hornets shot 5 of 18 in the fourth quarter. The Spurs are 3-0 against the Hornets but won by two in their other trip to New Orleans in January. "Weve had tough times both times we have been here," Popovich said. "I dont think any staff, players or organization has had as difficult circumstances as them, and they continue to play hard every game. Its pretty impressive. Its nice to see." The Hornets were without centre Chris Kaman (sick), forward Trevor Ariza (sprained ankle) and Jason Smith, who served the first of a two-game suspension for a flagrant 2 foul Thursday on the Clippers Blake Griffin. Their three replacements in the starting lineup - Greivis Vasquez, Gustavo Ayon and Lance Thomas - averaged 18.7 points combined entering the game. "We didnt have one guy blink," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "They went out and played hard and just came up short. Im kicking myself because I couldnt put us in position to win at the end." Parker and Duncan did not make a shot in the first quarter and had only one field goal apiece in the second quarter. Blair carried the Spurs early, scoring 12 of their first 18 points and finishing the first half with 16. All but two of his points came on layups or putbacks. "He does what he does," Popovich said. "Hes got great hands and he hits the boards hard. Hes real clever around the bucket." Jack had 17 points in the first half. NOTES: Popovich said he would try to avoid having Ginobili play on back-to-back nights whenever possible. ... San Antonio signed Justin Dentmon out of the NBA Development League earlier Saturday to back up Parker. Dentmon scored two points in six minutes. . Parker had his ninth double-double, and eight have come on the road. . The Spurs were in the second game of a five-games-in-six-days stretch. . 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