Roger Federer will look back on it and wonder, just as he did on court, why he just watched as Andreas Seppi went down the line and knocked him out of the Australian Open.
The loss Friday ended Federer's streak of reaching the Australian Open semifinals for 11 consecutive years.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was facing match point against Seppi and had control of the rally when he hit a deep forehand into the corner and followed it to the net.
Seppi, ranked 46th, lunged to his right and stuck out his racquet, more hopeful than confident, and guided the ball down the line. Federer let it go past and glanced back to see it land inside the baseline, giving Seppi a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) win and a spot in the fourth round.
"The way he hits it you think, 'This can't possibly land in.' You kind of go and you're there and you're like, 'No, I'm going to let it go,"' the second-seeded Federer said. "As you're telling yourself that, you look behind you and you already know it's done."
Venus Williams reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Saturday. She next faces sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who advanced with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Varvara Lepchenko. Serena Williams also advanced, rallying past No. 26 Elina Svitolina 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Suzuki joins up with Marlins
Ichiro Suzuki has decided to play for the Miami Marlins.
Suzuki and the team agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
Suzuki, 41 and a 10-time All-Star, batted .284 last year for the New York Yankees. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits in his 14 seasons with the Yankees and Seattle Mariners.
Giants keep pitcher Vogelsong
•Free-agent righthander Ryan Vogelsong reached agreement on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants. Vogelsong went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts last season.
•The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed on a $4 million, one-year contract. Gomes played for Boston and Oakland in 2014 and hit .234 with a career-low six home runs
Olympian Brown stands out
Jason Brown, a 20-year-old Olympian, won the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Greensboro, N.C., setting himself up for his first national title.
Brown posted a career-best 93.36 points to lead Joshua Farris by 2.96. Four-time U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott was third.
In the ice dance, Madison Chock and Evan Bates hold a slim lead over fellow Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani. Chock and Bates won with 73.95 points, just .11 ahead of the Shibutani siblings.
Run at 59 hits sudden end
Ryan Palmer got in position to shoot a 59 on Friday in the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., playing an eight-hole stretch in 10 under. Needing to go 3 under on the final eight holes, he bogeyed the next two holes and ended up with an 11-under 61. That left him three strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar, who shot a more standard 64.
At 9-under 27, Palmer matched the tour record for relation to par for nine holes.
Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour.