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5 shock defeats of Roger Federer in hardcourt ATP Masters tournaments

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Roger Federer greets the crowd after bowling out of the Shanghai Masters on TuesdayDefending champion Roger Federer’s Shanghai Masters second round exit at the hands of the 70th-ranked qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas left the tennis world stunned. The Swiss had come to China on a high after finishing as runner-up at the US Open and had not lost before the finals in his last four tournaments.Having a 0-15 record against the top-10- players, Vinolas was never considered a major threat which made his upset victory over the World No. 3 all the more unbelievable. However, this is not the first time Federer has had such a shocking loss in a hardcourt ATP Masters 1000 tournament.Let’s have a look at five of those shock defeats the maestro has suffered before his latest disappointment at the Shanghai Masters.

#5 2009 Paris Masters Second Round

Roger Federer waits at the net after losing in the second round

Roger Federers return to the French capital after his 2009 Roland Garros triumph was not one to remember. The Paris Masters, which the Swiss maestro had not been able to master at that point, continued to give him more misery.

49th-ranked Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who had failed to take a single set from the Swiss in two previous meetings, came up with the performance of his life to show the exit door to the Swiss 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4 in the second round.

The then World No. 1, a 15-time Grand Slam champion at that time, was in control in the firstsetbut the Frenchman came storming back to deny Federer the win.

He playedincredibleat the end. Julien went out and got the victory. I definitely had chances. I missed them. I feel fine physically, and mentally I was fresh to do really well here,said Federer after his defeat.

Heres a video from that match:

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