Let’s be honest going into this match no one would have given Albert Ramos-Vinolas a chance against Roger Federer but one chance is all you need and the Spaniard showed great fight especially in that third set to defeat the former world number one. Albert Ramos-Vinolas was 0-15 against top 10 players going into this one but now has his first top 10 win against on the worlds greatest.
Albert has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam or in 38 Masters 1000 appearances never made it to the third round but has in Shanghai!
I didn’t see the whole match but I did see the set in-between the three and after 2-1 Roger ran away with it and at this point I did worry for Albert. Federer looked in the mood but what was very impressive was the turnaround from Albert as in this situation after losing the second set against one of the best most players would have just probably lost the final set in 20 minutes but Ramos-Vinolas had other ideas and won 7-6 2-6 6-3.
If you look at the stats from the match, Federer probably could not have played a more perfect game…
He served well, good win% behind first and second serve but what let him down was the break point conversion and unforced errors. If you take the aces off the winners brackets then the ratio to winners/unforced errors is 30/30 so 1/1. What isn’t showed is the total distance ran. Apparently via people on Twitter Ramos-Vinolas ran over 1000 metres more than Federer during the match which is incredible!
As the Shanghai points from last year dropped off on Monday’s rankings this does leave Federer at number three in the world and a good chance for Murray to put some daylight between the two on the rankings with Murray playing Steve Johnson tomorrow morning. For Albert he will now play Estrella Burgos or Tsonga in the next round!