Federer loses to start Masters Cup defense
Roger Federer lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to France's Gilles Simon in his
first round-robin match Monday at the season-ending Masters Cup.
It was Federer's first match since a sore back forced him out of his
last tournament in Paris. The second-ranked Swiss star faltered late in
the second set with a rash of errors that allowed Simon to get back into
the match. The ninth-ranked Frenchman was only added to the eight-man
field when No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew with knee tendinitis.
Federer also lost his first match at the Masters Cup last year before
going on to win the title. Britain's Andy Murray faced American Andy
Roddick in the late match. SHANGHAI, AP