By Chris Oddo, Wednesday, October 9, 2013
In case you missed it, Roger Federer is back in action this week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Federer, a two-time champion at the event, is playing his first competitive tennis match since losing to Tommy Robredo at the fourth round of the U.S. Open. He started a little slow, but after falling behind a break against Andreas Seppi, a player that the Swiss maestro had never lost to (just like Robredo when Federer fell to the Spaniard in NY), Federer broke right back with this perfectly executed overhead smash in the sixth game of the first set.
It was good enough to get some mild applause from Rafael Nadal, who was sitting courtside checking out his old rival.
Federer, who will face Gael Monfils tonight in Shanghai, has been well received by the Chinese fans. “They were very sweet, they were very nice, and when I came out to the practice courts it was unbelievable,” Federer said. “The amount of people that were there, holding up 'I Believe in You Roger' banners, I felt like a music star, to be quite honest.”
Federer owns a 6-1 career record against Monfils, with his only loss to the Frenchman coming at the 2010 Paris Masters, where Monfils defeated Federer in a third-set tiebreaker in the semifinals.