Federer lost the 1st exhibition match in Sao Paulo

Roger Federer lost to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci for the first time in his career on Thursday, falling 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in an entertaining exhibition match.

World No. 33 Bellucci delighted his home fans, who provided a carnival atmosphere by chanting and singing throughout the duel.

After taking a tense first set by holding serve in the 12th game, Bellucci conceded the second set and went a break down early in the third.

But he responded by breaking back before holding serve in the 10th game to spoil Federer's hopes of winning his first match in Brazil.

"It's always great to play in front of a full house," Bellucci said after the match. "It's a special feeling to play this guy here. He is the best of all time and it was a pleasure to share the court with him."

Federer thanked fans for their support and praised the treatment he had received since arriving in Brazil.

"I am very happy to be here. It took me a while to finally come to Brazil," Federer said. "Everybody has been really good to me and I thank you all enough for showing your support."

Roger Federer vs Thomaz Bellucci full match from Roger Federer's YouTube Channel:

Roger will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on tomorrow (not before 9:30 local time), don't forget that this match - like all the others of the tour - will be broadcast live on his YouTube www.youtube.com/RogerFederer

Date: 7th December 2012


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