October 14, 2018 -- Shanghai, China


Just one match away from defending his title, Roger was taken out by Borna Coric, who played one of the best matches of his career on Saturday. 


Feeling no pressure to face the Swiss star, Coric came out swinging big and didn't allow Roger any break point opportunities. That paired with a fast court and getting broken in the beginning of both sets was tough to combat. The young Croatian won the match 6-4, 6-4. 


"He had more punch on the ball. He served better," Roger said. "I got off to a bad start in both sets. That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions."