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Federer falls to 'perfect' Rublev, Djokovic cruises in Cincinnati

Federer falls to 'perfect' Rublev, Djokovic cruises in Cincinnati”

Federer, a seven-time champion in Cincinnati, was stunned by Rublev in his first meeting with the 21-year-old Russian.

However, Rublev turned the tables, overcoming Federer 6-3, 6-4 in just 62 minutes - the Swiss' quickest loss since 2003.

Rublev had a big win today (against Roger Federer), maybe that's going to be a breakthrough for him.

"He was super clean - offence, defence, serving well". "I think that's the beauty of being able to stay alive in the tournament is to give myself an opportunity to keep getting better".

"It's very important for me that I'm injury-free and I'm feeling good", he said. But top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic remains. She'll face Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semifinals for the first time.

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The world number one made it eight straight wins in Cincinnati by easing past Carreno Busta 6-3 6-4 at the ATP Masters 1000 event. "I think I'm still aiming to obviously do very well here, but the big picture is NY in 10 days' time". Pouille beat eighth seed Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to make his third quarter-final - and first at the Masters 1000 level - of the season. "I just walked off the court". I mean, to know that you're Roger and everybody is watching you and you need to prove it every day, and he's doing this, I don't know for how many years. That was probably the best shot in the game tonight for me, over 70 per cent of first serves in.

Djokovic won 12 straight points during the opening set, including breaking serve in the sixth game with a forehand pass at the net.

Rublev, who had already knocked out Stan Wawrinka at the tournament, broke the seven-time Cincinnati champion twice in the first set, with some exquisite shots keeping the 20-time grand slam victor out of his rhythm.

Belgium's David Goffin and Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka also advanced to set up a quarter-final match-up.

He'll now get Richard Gasquet who eased past Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (6), 6-3.



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