Tennis: Federer dumped in Shanghai by Monfils as rough season continues
SHANGHAI (AFP) - Roger Federer crashed out of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday at the hands of flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils - another damaging defeat in a miserable season for the Swiss great.
Monfils went toe-to-toe with the 17-time Grand Slam champion during a feast of attacking tennis, eventually emerging on top 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
Federer, playing his first tournament since the US Open, started in the worst possible way, limply losing his first service game to immediately hand the initiative to Monfils, who went on to take the opener.
Despite vocal support from a partisan crowd, Federer was broken midway through the second set but he broke back, sealing the game with an overhead smash.