Roger Federer suffered one of his most shocking losses in quite a while earlier today. The surprise in Shanghai came to lightly-regarded Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 76(4), 26, 63 who had never beaten a Top 10 player (0-15).
“I’m really happy to beat Roger Federer,” said Ramos-Vinolas. “I didn’t expect it during the match. After the second set I thought I would lose. But I played really good. I was very solid with my serve in the third set. I am very happy because it’s the most important victory for me.”
Federer was the defending champion and had beaten the lefty Spaniard handily at Wimbledon a few years ago.
“I just think the first round here in Shanghai has always been historically quite difficult, getting used to the conditions and the surface and the balls,” Federer said. “The balls play very different than in other places. Last year I got lucky. This year I didn’t. So it’s a pity.
Federer was playing his first match since the US Open loss to Novak Djokovic. But the Swiss hadn’t lost opening round at a hardcourt Masters since 2009 Paris Indoors.
“I’m always cautious,” he added. “I don’t underestimate or lack respect for anybody out there. These guys are all touring professionals, they know what they’re doing. The margins are so small.
“I played him at Wimbledon before, so I knew him. I’ve seen him play. He’s definitely improved since then. That was a while back and that was not his favourite surface. I was aware that he could give me a tough workout and even beat me.”
Federer had won 25 straight hard-court matches vs. qualifiers and 59 straight on hard vs. players outside the Top 60 entering today.
— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) October 13, 2015
With his title defense over, Federer now heads home to Basel.
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