I always wanted to meet Roger Federer, says Andrey Rublev

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I always wanted to meet Roger Federer, says Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev defeated Stan Wawrinka in a straight-set match, 6-4 6-4, in Cincinnati, to reach the third round and book a clash against Roger Federer. The Russian player is satisfied with his improvements after suffering, like in the previous seasons, some injuries.

"I'm just trying to work every day, trying to do my best every day", said Rublev, who also spoke about the match up against Federer: "I always wanted to meet him. Finally, we meet and we'll see tomorrow.

I will do my best. I will fight until the end." Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Alexander Zverev to reach the third round too. Analyzing his win, the Serb said: "It means a lot because I also broke into the Top 50 today.

So it's a really special moment for me. I'm really happy that I was able to play the way I did. I worked a lot, I practised a lot. To see everything come together and happen, it's really special. I definitely just tried to go for everything.

As I said, I had nothing to lose, really. He was the favourite, and it obviously helped me that he didn't serve as well as he does usually. I tried to stay calm. I tried to just use my chances and thankfully it paid off."

Meanwhile the former Argentinean player Mariano Zabaleta praised Djokovic, Federer, Nadal dominance: "It's unbelievable, they all surprise us. They manage their schedules in a proper way, they care about the eating regime. They are great, like Lionel Messi who will play for FC Barcelona until 40 years of age."