Shanghai Masters: Federer cruises, Murray stumbles

Published by Reuters / Tennismash

Roger Federer celebrates during his second-round win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the ATP Shanghai Masters (Getty Images)
Roger Federer avenges a previous defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Shanghai while Andy Murray falls in a colourful contest against Fabio Fognini.

Roger Federer eased past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 7-6(5) to reach the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday, avenging a defeat to the Spaniard in their last meeting at the same stage of the tournament in 2015.

Second seed Federer, who received a first-round bye, broke Ramos-Vinolas twice in the opening set and sailed through his service games without facing a break point in the match.

Also advancing to the third round in Shanghai were third seed Daniil Medvedev — who dropped just four games against qualifier Cameron Norrie — and 15th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, who stopped Benoit Paire in three sets.

Ramos-Vinolas, who upset Federer four years ago to snap a 15-match losing streak against top-10 players, recovered well to force a second-set tiebreak but his Swiss opponent came back from 4-1 down to seal victory.

“I focused, because when you travel around the globe, you’re missing a bit of energy. Those first few games or matches can be sometimes a bit tricky,” Federer said.

“Serve was solid. I was hitting my spots and really was never in trouble there. But of course all of a sudden, being in a breaker, calls out for different play sometimes and different momentum.

“He had his chances, but it was a nice comeback for me, and overall.”

NEWS: Thiem rallies to beat Tsitsipas in Beijing final

Federer, a twice Shanghai champion, will next meet Belgium’s David Goffin or Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin for a place in the quarterfinals.

Former world No.1 Andy Murray showed some more positive signs in his injury comeback but eventually went down in a bruising battle with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Murray twice served for the match in the deciding set, but Fognini dug deep to force a tiebreak and secure a 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(2) win in just over three hours.

“There is a lot of things that I need to get better at, and I can do much better,” said Murray, who underwent a career-saving hip resurfacing procedure in January.

“I will go away and I’ll work on those things and be in a better position next time I play against him.”

Share this: 
  • Most popular articles

31 May 2016

Quiz: Can you name the player in the shadows?

You know their faces on the court, but can you name them when they're in the shadows? We s... More

16 February 2016

Caroline Wozniacki dares to bare in body paint shoot

Caroline Wozniacki has dared to bare pretty much everything for the latest edition of the ... More

30 December 2019

Second-serve return in the men’s game: an exploration

Nick Kyrgios’ first-round win over Andrey Rublev at last year’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow ... More

16 March 2016

Drilling it: Become a tennis ninja with agility training

Agility is the ability to rapidly change direction without losing speed, balance, or body ... More