Yup, you read that correctly. The defending champion fell in only the second round to the no. 10 Spanish player Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He defeated the Maestro 7-6 2-6 6-3 to capture his first ever Top 10 win. Props.
As always, Federer kept his post-match comments very professional and gave full props to the Spaniard’s play:
“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.”
Maybe Federer was still a tad starstruck after hanging out with Michael Jordan. Just look at his face. I am guessing all of his mental focus was used up on his hashtag creation, #ShanghAirJordan. Oh, Roger.
Having lost the opportunity to defend his 1000 points from last year, Federer has pretty much put any chances of finishing the year at world no. 2 to bed. Andy Murray stands 770 points ahead of Federer and, having only 90 points to defend in Shanghai, is sitting pretty to widen that gap even more.