October 8, 2019 -- Shanghai, China
Roger began play at the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai today against Spain's Albert Ramos Viñolas.
He started the match strong and broke twice to take a solid lead but Ramos Viñolas kept the pressure on making the Swiss Star play great offense and defense. Roger came out with the win 6-2, 7-5 which may have seen routine but in 2015, the Spaniard had pulled off the upset to take Roger out early.
“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,” Roger said. “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.”