Preview: Federer Seeks Revenge Against Ramos-Vinolas In Shanghai
When Roger Federer last played Albert Ramos-Vinolas four years ago at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, the Spaniard produced a stunning second-round upset for his first Top 10 win. They meet once again in second-round action on Tuesday and Federer will look to erase the memories of that clash.
”The draw is tough here… It’s not just every match on my racquet,” Federer said. “But I feel like I have good energy left in the tank to go out and finish [the season] strong.”
The second-seeded Swiss has plenty of success in Shanghai to draw from. He’s won here twice (2014 & 2017) and finished runner-up in 2010, sporting a 21-5 record at this event. Federer has continued to excel on hard courts this season, prevailing at the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Isner) and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (d. Tsitsipas), in addition to finishing runner-up at the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Thiem).
Ramos-Vinolas is enjoying a career resurgence after briefly dropping out of the Top 100 in June for the first time in five years. He’s won 15 of his past 22 tour-level matches, including a title in Gstaad (d. Stebe) and runner-up finish in Kitzbühel (l. to Thiem). The 31-year-old’s fondness for China is also reflected with his semi-final finish two weeks ago in Zhuhai.
Third seed Russian Daniil Medvedev aims to continue his winning ways as he starts his campaign against British qualifier Cameron Norrie. The Russian has won or finished runner-up in his past five events and racked up more victories (54) than anyone else on Tour this year, prevailing in 24 of his past 27 matches.
Medvedev’s current hot streak includes his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open (d. Goffin), first ATP Tour crown on home soil in St. Petersburg (d. Coric) and maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open (l. to Nadal). He's padded his outstanding season with a title in Sofia (d. Fucsovics) and runner-up finishes in four other events, including his first Masters 1000 final at the Coupe Rogers (l. to Nadal).
”With the results I achieved… that changed a lot of things inside of me because I always said that experience is key,” Medvedev said. “Before the US Open, I’d never been in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. So being there, winning these matches, getting in the final and playing this five-set match against Rafa, for sure it stays inside your body, inside your mind. Hopefully for any other tournaments, I can just gain this confidence [and] experience, and be ready for every match I play because of it."
Three-time Shanghai champion Andy Murray and No. 10 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy will resume their rivalry in the night session. The Brit leads Fognini 4-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but has always found him to be a challenging opponent. With Murray still adjusting to life on the singles court, a victory over Fognini would be another encouraging sign that his comeback is moving in the right direction.
”I have always had tough matches with him,” Murray said. “He's not an easy guy to play against. Unbelievably talented guy. Good hand skills. Moves well. A little bit up and down sometimes in his matches, but he's playing really well.”
Their match also has crucial implications for Fognini, who looks to clinch his maiden berth in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, held from 10-17 November at The O2 in London. The Italian, with 2,100 points, trails eighth-placed Alexander Zverev (2,255) by 155 points in the ATP Race to London.
Other notable second-round matches on Tuesday include ninth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils squaring off with Pole Hubert Hurkacz. In first-round action, No. 11 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy takes on German Jan-Lennard Struff and No. 12 seed Borna Coric of Croatia meets Russian Andrey Rublev.