No excuses from Federer after Rublev shock
Roger Federer praised Andrey Rublev after the Russian qualifier knocked the seven-time champion out of the Cincinnati Masters.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who was ranked third for the competition this week, suffered a 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour against the talented 21-year-old.
Federer has admitted he was outplayed by Rublev and says he will now have to focus his efforts as he looks ahead to the US Open later this month in the Big Apple.
"He was excellent today," Federer said. "He didn't give me anything. It was tough for me but an excellent match for him. I was impressed.
"I just would have hoped for an overall better performance. He was mixing it up nicely on the serve and on the return he was really consistent."
As for the world number 70 Rublev, he will now head to the quarter-finals to go up against compatriot Daniil Medvedev.
Speaking about his win over Swiss legend Federer, Rublev said: "It is such an amazing feeling when you're playing a legend like Roger and all these people supporting him until the end. One day I hope I'm going to feel the same.
"Today I was just trying to do my best and was thinking in my head that I need to play every point until the end no matter what."
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