October 11, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
In his first match back since the US Open, Roger found himself facing a tough opponent in his first match this evening at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Diego Schwartzman pushed the Swiss star as the fiesty Argentine clawed his way back from 2-5 to take the first set to a tiebreaker.
“I knew going in it was not going to be easy. He's had a great run in recent weeks and months. I really felt that he was confident. Shaking off misses, no problem. He was serving well. You could see he was taking the right decisions on his groundstrokes,” Federer said.
The second set was a bit more routine for Roger as he settled in and broke early taking the 2nd set 6-4.
“I think getting the break early in the second set gave me the chance to try a few more things, play more relaxed, go for my shots more, and then I was able to bring it home, coming back from love/30 I think in the last game,” Federer said. “So it was a good match for me. I'm actually very happy with my level.”
Roger improves to 40-4 after this win. He will face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.