World No. 18 Andrey Rublev revealed he was starstruck when he met record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters in August. Though he was heavily impressed by Federer, the 22-year-old still managed to put up one of his best performances ever and claim a shock 6-3 6-4 win over the former world No.
1 in the Cincinnati round-of-16. "The match with Roger, I was more impressed by Roger,” Rublev told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday, per the Adelaide International. “I was not thinking about myself at that time.
I was thinking about him." Rublev broke Federer in the Swiss' first service game to take an early 2-0 lead but the 38-year-old quickly responded and broke back the Russian in the third game. Shockingly, Federer suffered back-to-back breaks in his first two service games as Rublev didn't allow the Swiss a single break after earning his second break of the first set in the fourth game.
Rublev served perfectly in the second set as he didn't give Federer a single break point, while he realized his lone break point in the seventh game to clinch a straight-set win.