Roger Federer, the 33-year-old Swiss tennis star went down 6-4 7-6(7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) to Andreas Seppi in the Australian Open this morning, becoming momentarily confused by the strange but enjoyable experience of losing.
"Actually, losing gives me a little thrill" he told this reporter 5 minutes ago.
Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 46th in the world had never beaten the 17-time Grand Slam champion in 10 previous meetings and his win ended a 23-match losing streak against top 10 opponents.
"I just tried my best and it was one of my best matches," said Seppi.
Although he lost gracefully, Federer said afterwards that he had enjoyed the experience of not winning so much that it had been suggested that he took "losing lessons" from Britain's "non Wimbledon winning" Tim Henman who was reknowned for his skill at losing important tennis matches.