Federer won't let Cincy setback spoil US Open prep

Carla Harmon
August 18, 2019

But with the wisdom gained from almost two decades on tour, the 20-time Grand Slam victor was hardly at panic stations after the surprise defeat.

Outclassed in just over an hour, the match was Federer's quickest loss since 2003 when he fell to Franco Squillari in 54 minutes in Sydney, according to the ATP.

"It is impossible to explain".

"It is such an fantastic feeling when you're playing a legend like Roger and all these people supporting him until the end", he told ESPN. "It was an incredibly tough time for me which led to some depression", Rublev said. "The way he did it, it was awesome".

Rublev next meets fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev after the ninth seed thrashed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2 6-1. "Got me out of trouble in the second set when I was facing break points", Association for Tennis Professionals (ATP) quoted the top-seed player as saying.


World No 70 Andrey Rublev was in tears after a commanding display that upset Roger Federer. "That sort of set the tone for the match maybe a little bit".

"One day I hope I'm going to feel the same".

The other Russian Karen Khachanov couldn't make it a threesome as he bowed out to Lucas Pouille 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3.

"I don't think the score indicates how tough it was on the court". "Defence, offence, serving well".

Halep, last year's Cincinnati runner-up, will go to the US Open with just three post-Wimbledon competitive matches. Didn't give me anything.


Djokovic won 12 straight points during the opening set, including breaking serve in the sixth game with a forehand pass at the net. She'll face Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semifinals for the first time.

Belgium's David Goffin and Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka also advanced to set up a quarter-final match-up.

Barty will now unseat Osaka if she advances to the final, having reached the last four with a stunning comeback victory over Maria Sakkari 5-7 6-2 6-0.

He'll now get Richard Gasquet who eased past Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (6), 6-3.


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