Federer knocked out in Shanghai opener
(Reuters) - World number three and defending champion Roger Federer suffered a surprise defeat in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday, losing 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3 to Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
The Swiss, 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.
U.S. 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.
Last year 17-times grand slam champion Federer survived six match points in his opening match against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer and went on to lift the title.
This time there was no escape against the left-hander he beat for the loss of only three games at Wimbledon in 2012.
"I'm always cautious," Federer said. "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 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," he added.
Ramos-Vinolas, 27, had never beaten a player ranked in the top 10 before. His reward for some fearless hitting was a third-round meeting with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who outclassed Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets. Continued...