Andrey Rublev has been ranked in the top-10 for a year and a half. The Russian overcame injuries in 2019 and showed his full potential. One of Andrey's most notable wins came at Cincinnati 2019, when he knocked out Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in 61 minutes!
Sharing the memories of this exciting win, Rublev said that he was surprised after the last point. Also, the Russian mentioned how natural and down to earth Roger was in the loss, which greatly impressed the youngster. Andrey reached the first quarter-final of a Masters 1000 in Cincinnati that year and outclassed the Swiss in almost every way to control the score.
Rublev lost 15 points in ten service games and saved two of three break chances. The youngster grabbed 40% of the return points and stole the legend's serve three times to race to the top. With 17 winners and six unforced errors, Andrey dominated his shots and put Roger behind despite the multiple champion Cincinnati's 20 winners and 19 errors.
Delivering one bold shot after another, Rublev took command in the shorter rallies by up to four shots and outscored Roger 43-34, which is never easy. The Russian also held a 16-10 lead in the longest exchanges and sealed the deal in style to advance to the Round of 16.
Andrey broke for 15 points in the second game after a loose backhand from Roger, but gave up serve in the next when his forehand went wide. Determined to give his best, Rublev blasted a forehand winner to secure another break and open a 3-1 lead.
Clarey opens up on Roger Federer
Roger Federer's future in the sport has been a topic of conversation for a long time now as the Swiss superstar continues to be sidelined with injuries. "Roger is an optimist, has positive energy, young children.
He certainly has two goals: first, get his knee fixed so that he can later have a normal life with his children. That's a big motivator," Clarey said. Christopher Clarey recalled a time when Federer was hesitant about the author printing his address and how he suddenly became protective of his family's privacy.
"I was on the road with him in Argentina, that was in 2012. It was a great conversation until I suddenly said something about Lenzerheide. Then he stopped and clearly declared: Don't write where I live! That was interesting because it was such an abrupt change.
Roger wants to protect his private life, and he's done a great job. He is happy to answer any questions, talk about the game. But when it comes to this area, it is more sensitive," Clarey added.