We definitely didn’t see that coming.

Defending champion Roger Federer crashes out in the Shanghai opener at the hands of world no.70 Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

What happened

Roger wasn’t at his very best since the very beginning to lose the opener at the tie-break. In the second set the Swiss got in control of the match to break Albert twice and win 6-2. At that point there was the perception that Roger was up to an easy grab in the decider, but the world no.3 failed to break Albert to drop his serve in the 8th game. Eventually Ramos-Vinolas won 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3.


What didn’t work for Roger

The Maestro won 7 points more than his opponent (100 vs. 93) and that means that the Swiss didn’t play well in the important moments. In addition, Roger converted only 2 break points on 6 (typical Federer’s problem). Another key moment was when Federer lost 4 consecutive points in the first set tiebreak (from 2-1 to 2-5).


The deadliest stuff for Roger is that he hasn’t conceded a single break point till the very last serving game. He managred to save the first break point from 15-40), but he failed soon after.


Federer: I had my chances

Roger commented “I had my chances. I just couldn’t make it today. I’ve got to look into it. But at the end of the day this can happen during the year. Unfortunately, here in Shanghai where I was defending champion, I was really hoping again to play a great tournament.

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. The balls play very different than in other places. Last year I got lucky. This year I didn’t. So it’s a pity.”

Next stop Basel



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Steven Dan

Can you beleive how many viewers this tournament has lost after this? At least 50%

Novak Serbia1

This means that Novak will be world no.1 for long long time.