Federer Flames Out To Rublev; Djokovic Eyes Easy Cincinnati Title Defense

by Staff | August 15th, 2019, 11:05 pm

Roger Federer suffered his earliest exit at Cincinnati in 11 years going out to qualifier Andrey Rublev rather routinely 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.

Rublev, who had won four straight matches including two in qualifying, broke Federer right away then behind a powerful forehand and some good serving, rolled to an easy first set win.

Federer played a little better off the ground in the second, but the 21-year-old Russian was just too strong off the forehand, refusing to miss during his first Top 3 victory of his career.

“It’s my biggest and the most emotional win,” Rublev said after reaching his first Masters quarterfinal. “The true champion and legend he is… I can’t imagine every day how much pressure you have. I mean, to know that you’re Roger and everybody is watching you and you need to prove it every day, and he’s doing this, I don’t know for how many years. I mean, this is something, I don’t know, unreal.”

Federer, who had never played Rublev before, wasn’t that down after the loss.

“He was super clean. Defence, offence, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed,” Federer said.

“It’s maybe a small advantage to have over us, but regardless, you’ve still got to hit the corners, hit the lines, keep it going. He did exactly that. He was really perfect today. It was a great performance.”

“I played 45 matches this year, so I think I should be fine,” said Federer.

Rublev will now meet his hot countryman Daniil Medvedev who breezed past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1.

“We are good friends, and we know each other quite well since kids,” said Rublev of the match-up. “It’s going to be interesting match for Russia. He’s now [the Russian] No. 1, so I have no pressure. Last time we played…he beat me easily. Tomorrow all the pressure will be on him. I will try to enjoy. I will try to do my best tomorrow, and we will see what’s going to happen.”

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.

Pouille now meets defending champion Novak Djokovic who gave a lesson to Pablo Carreno Busta in a 6-3, 6-4. The Spaniard played well, but Djokovic, the last remaining Masters champion in the field, was the better man.

“I don’t think the score indicates how tough it was on the court. We battled it out. I think I was serving really well. That was probably the best shot in the game tonight for me, over 70 per cent of first serves in. Got me out of trouble in the second set when I was facing break points,” Djokovic said.

“I thought he was very solid. Played against him a couple of times and have seen him play, and I knew what quality he possesses, but he did surprise me with his aggressiveness from the back of the court. As soon as he got a little bit of a softer ball from my side, he went for it from both forehand and backhand flat coming in.”

Djokovic hammered Pouille in the Australian Open semifinal in their only prior meeting.

Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut remains the class of the bottom half. He beat up on teen qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 6-2. He’ll now get Richard Gasquet who eased past Diego Schwartzman 7-6(6), 6-3.

A semifinalist a year ago, David Goffin will try to get back to that stage against qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka. Goffin cruised past Adrian Mannarino 7-6(2), 6-2. Nishioka continued his dream week topping Alex De Minaur 7-5, 6-4.

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15 Comments for Federer Flames Out To Rublev; Djokovic Eyes Easy Cincinnati Title Defense

Wog Boy Says:

No way the King of Cincinatti loses to qualifier in two easy sets, he tanked it…

Van Persie Says:

yep WB,

it is possible, that Fed was not very happy with the idea of playing Nole so soon after that heartbreaking (for him and his fans) final at Wimbly, hence the nerves causing a tanking.

The clown, which I will mention for a last time, as he is not worth the attention, manages to lose very early in tournaments, when he should be due to play Nole in early rounds, noted this since last year. Well, he will have more courage on Twitter by rooting for Nole’s opponents 😉

chrisford1 Says:

Cincy is still no gimme for Novak. I’d say with Fed gone his odds of winning just went above 60%. Not 95%.

FINALLY, we have The Date!! Meaning Rafa and Xisca have announced Oct 19th is their date to marry at Puerto Pollensa on Majorca. For “What This All Means” is that the ceremony is 5 days after the end of the Shanghai Masters and likely puts Vienna, Basel, and Paris-Bercy out of Nadal’s plans. Likely if Rafa does not want to risk being poisoned by his new bride.

Rafa being Rafa, I don’t know if he want’s to risk the evil eye by being in Shanghai the week of the blessed event.
It could mean that Novak’s winnning the race for year-end #1 could be determined in a practical sense by the last rounds of the USO. He can always go for Basel/vienna and the indoors Bercy event if he does better than Rafa the next 2 weeks but is still close to him in points. Rafa is out of the later October events, though, I believe.

ON Kyrgios – yes, he’s a clown and disappointing at times though nothing as bad as Tomic – but even though I’m a Djokovic fan, or because I am one – I am happy with Nicks sledge of Novak several months back. SOMEBODY needed to get the message to Novak that he comes across as overly ingratiating at times and his “boob tossing/show-me-your boobs” ceremony gesture has been totally ridiculous
Somebody had to say it!

Van Persie Says:


I started to dislike Nick, before he stated his opinion about Nole. Had DelPo sledged Novak about the boob tossing, would have offered him a virtual hug.
I just cannot warm up to him and basta. Not up to me, if he is good or bad for tennis, as I am subjective now, I can only say he gets too much toleration, for what he does on court, and honnestly, the last match I watched from him, was the one against Rafa. I will no longer watch him, only if he plays Nole, I will make the exception.

Broke my promise, and mentioned him, as exception for CF1😉

j-kath Says:

Oh gosh – sorri Van Persie – am usually in agreement with you – but, for some reason that even I don’t understand, I like, feel sorri for, and am sad when Nick behaves like an escapee from a Mental Institute….(and I believe he simply can’t help it). And while I like Nole I echo CF1 re. throwing his tits to spectators – I quickly switch over when he wins.

Van Persie Says:


no reason for feeling sorry, as I do not pretend, that some one has
always to agree with me.

I can tell you the reason, why do you like him: he’s praising Andy 😉. Should he rant over and over again about him, like he does with Nole and Rafa, you would think otherwise. Do not feel obliged to feel sorry for him, for having mental issues, there are other victims in this world.

About the boob celebration of Nole, I told it as well, I do not like it, but it takes no longer than 1-2 minutes. Am bothered by this, but I can endure it.

Van Persie Says:

Nastase is now suspended from tennis for calling Konta f*cking bitch, what will happen to Nick for spitting and calling Murphy a f*ucking tool? Double standards here.

j-kath Says:

Van Persie: You may have a point re. Kyrgios/Andy but it’s the repartee between them that makes me chuckle – even though it can be outrageous. Overall, I see K. as Jekyll and Hyde and/or “there was a little boy etc……and when he was good he was very, very good and when he was bad he was horrid.”

I wasn’t aware he restricted his ranting to Nole & Rafa – I thought he was more generous than that – to anyone who ruffles his dandruff.

Anyways, I’m more like Kyrios these days but am venting my huge anger towards the cheating, low life that plans to throw the UK under a Bus as long as he and his bullying mates continue to hold on to power.

Van Persie Says:

To add, Nole was disliked by many already, before he celebrated with the titting, he just offered guys like Kirgios the oppportunity to expresse the hatred, as it is obvious, Nole’s gesture did not make him more lovable. Had Nole lost the 2014 and 2015 Wimbly finals, US Open 2015 final, he could have celebrated his wins by showing the middle finger to the crowds and he would have been “loved” in the media.

Van Persie Says:


you’re fine, nothing like Nick. What I do not understand about him, if he is very angry about the biased facts in tennis, why is he not as active as Pospisil in supporting the other colleagues by figjting for justice as well? Why continue with this pathetic circus on court without any serious actions? Getting angry with crowds, insulting people, spitting at referees will not help.

Van Persie Says:

I am sure he would be suspended as soon as he would insult the “wrong” persons, as it happened to Nastase 2 years ago. But Nick is cunning, he is clever enough to be selective when insulting!

j-kath Says:

VP: He sure got fined – close to £100K – US$139.000.

Truth Says:

Novak is desperate for attention, even if it’s bad, because he constantly wants people to talk about his duties and off court charity events, etc.
When he went insane with the love and peace nonsense, he couldn’t deal with an injury & his brain disappeared from Slam competition.

Kyrgios loves being a jerk because he‘s never punished with imprisonment.
People such as Murray kiss his ass, because they make huge money.
Kyrgios lies many times and breaks things and is abusing anyone he sees.
He is always protected due to the cowardice of umpires, lines judges, etc.
They are afraid of getting into trouble and possibly going to his court cases and losing their time & salaries too.
He was paid a lot of money so he doesn’t care.

chrisford1 Says:

It catches up with people. Tomic did a lot of tanks, show up for appearance fees then declare himself injured, you Aussies better totally subsidize my less talented sister or I won’t play at 100% ” sort of stunts. Then he is totally bewildered by the unfairness of it all when he gets hammered with a big fine when he has no energy left for an afternoon match 3 hours after a morning match due to rain delay happens. And moans how badly he was screwed. Poor Bernard.
Reputation, mate. Reputation.
Nastase has had nearly 55 years of various vile behavior in tennis, so it caught up with him when he publicly smeared Joanna Konta for being – Joanna Konta.
Nick Kyrgios has made enough withdrawals from the Bank of Toleration that there is little left.
Djokovic paid in a big way for his erratic behavior. UniQlo saw his meltdown , along with a major bank his agents were wooing – and 2 sponsors went down the drain.
A players behavior doesn’t have to be bad to get endorsements pulled – weird and disturbing works, too.

Van Persie Says:


very good points.

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