Roger Federer defeated Albert Ramos in a straight-set match, 6-2 7-6, to reach the third round. The Basel native said: “[I] had a really good first set. I focused and had good energy, 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. So I thought that went very well for me. 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, I was very happy”. Federer also recalled his three-set 2015 Shanghai loss to Ramos: “I was thinking about it. Watched highlights. Remember how it felt.
I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match. But he did very well there and things turn very quickly here in Shanghai. Of course that got my attention. I know I also played him another time where I beat him very easily in Wimbledon, but [it] doesn't matter what happened there.
Shanghai, in that match, to play him again in the same circumstances, basically I knew [he] could be dangerous, and that's why I'm very pleased how I was able to control the match out there today”.