Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, lost in straight sets to Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.
The world number 70 won 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour to set up a quarter-final against compatriot Daniil Medvedev.
The loss mean the Seven-time winner, ranked third will have played just two matches in preparation, after an opening win over Juan Ignacio Londero as plans to compete at the US Open later this month is in top gear.
“He was excellent today. He didn’t give me anything. It was tough for me but an excellent match for him. I was impressed. Federer said
“I just would have hoped for an overall better performance. He was mixing it up nicely on the serve and on the return he was really consistent.” He added
This is the biggest career win till date for the 21 year old, “It is such an amazing feeling when you’re playing a legend like Roger and all these people supporting him until the end. One day I hope I’m going to feel the same.Rublev said
“Today I was just trying to do my best and was thinking in my head that I need to play every point until the end no matter what.”he added
The first meeting between the pair, Federer initially broke back at 2-0 down in the first set but Rublev established a 4-1 lead from which the Swiss could not recover. He again had no answers as the Russian made the decisive break to lead 4-3 in the second.
By Olukayode oniwinde
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