‘Roger Federer match revealed what level I can achieve when I work hard,’ says..

Andrey Rublev reached his second Masters 1000 final of the season in Cincinnati, playing well to beat Daniil Medvedev before suffering a heavy loss to Alexander Zverev to finish runner-up. The Russian spoke about his clash against Roger Federer two years ago, beating the Swiss legend in straight sets and showing what level he can achieve. Andrey and Roger played for the first time in Cincinnati 2019, and the Russian earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory in 61 minutes! Rublev advanced to the first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Cincinnati that year and outplayed Federer in almost every department to deliver a career-best triumph that gave him a massive boost. Dropping 15 points in ten service games, Rublev fended off two out of three break points and stole 40% of the return points for three breaks on his tally, which carried him over the top. Firing 17 winners and six unforced errors, Andrey tamed his shots nicely and left Roger behind despite 20 winners and 19 mistakes from a seven-time champion.

Landing one bold stroke after another, Rublev took charge in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, outplaying Roger 43-34 in that segment. The Russian also had a 16-10 lead in the more extended exchanges to seal the deal in style and advance into the last eight. Andrey broke at 15 in the second game following Federer’s loose backhand and gave serve away in the next one when his forehand landed long. Rublev fired a forehand winner to secure the second break and open a 3-1 lead. This time, he made no errors while cementing the lead, landing a service winner to move 5-2 up and closing the opener with three winners in game nine for 6-3 after swift 28 minutes.

Andrey Rublev spoke about his brilliant victory over Roger Federer in Cincinnati.

Federer never found the desired pace on the return, taking only four points in Andrey’s games in set number two to drift away from the break chances and mount pressure on his side of the net. The Swiss brought the fifth game home with a service winner before Andrey broke him at 3-3 thanks to a deep return, forging the advantage and taking a massive step towards the finish line. Rublev confirmed the lead with a hold at 15 and served for the triumph at 5-4. Showing no sign of nerves, the Russian held at 15 after forcing Roger’s error to emerge as a winner and wrap up one of his finest performances on the Tour.

“The importance of that win against Roger Federer two years ago lies in the fact that I played a perfect match. The mental part of my game was excellent, and that encounter showed me what I can achieve if I work hard and do everything right. A day later, I went back to my usual level and lost to Daniil in straight sets, maybe 6-2, 6-2. I had no chance in that one, complaining at the court and doing some stupid things. Two years later, I play more often with that kind of mood I had against Roger; I can produce that level every couple of times at different tournaments,” Andrey Rublev said.