Rusty Federer suffers shock Shanghai defeat
World number three and defending champion Roger Federer suffered a surprise defeat in the second round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, losing 7-6 2-6 6-3 to Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
The Swiss (pictured), returning to action after a month off, looked rusty against the 70th-ranked qualifier and despite appearing to be back on track when he cruised through the second set, he succumbed in the decider to a single break of serve in the eighth game.
US Open runner-up Federer (34) banged down 15 aces and won more points than his opponent but a lack of sharpness at crucial moments sent him spinning to defeat.
Ramos-Vinolas (27) had never beaten a player ranked in the top 10 before. His reward was a third-round meeting with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who outclassed Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets.
"I'm really happy to beat Roger Federer," he said. "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."