Roger Federer's straight-set loss to Andrey Rublev in Cincinnati may have been the worst match of the year. In a press conference the Swiss credited his opponent's performance but at the same time admitted he could have done better.
"I thought he played very well. Definitely I think I struggled on my serve early on. Got broken the first service games, and, you know, there you have it. That sort of set the tone for the match maybe a little bit. But at the same time, you know, I think the combination was tough.
He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn't think I was feeling the ball badly", said Federer. The Basel native, who was coming from his Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic, continued: "It's just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions, and, you know, when you sometimes then can't rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn't think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn't do that.
He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn't give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed", concluded Federer who lost in just an hour and two minutes.