The 20-time grand slam champion was roundly overwhelmed 6-Three 6-Four by Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in simply 62 minutes.
Federer, who has received this occasion seven occasions earlier than, was going through his 21-year-old opponent for the primary time and the Swiss star mentioned he’d been impressed by the energy of the Russian’s recreation.
“He was tremendous clear. Protection, offense, serving properly,” Federer mentioned of his opponent after the match.
“Did not give me something. He was in every single place. It was powerful for me, however a wonderful match by him.”
Federer eyes US Open
Regardless of the loss, Federer mentioned he was happy to have come by means of the Cincinnati Masters harm free and has already turned his consideration to the US Open later this month.
The world No. Three is trying to clinch his sixth title at Flushing Meadows, his first since 2008.
“I labored very exhausting coming into Cincinnati and in that little season we had since Wimbledon, so I can perhaps additionally make the most of a few days off,” the 38-year-old added.
“I will practice, do precisely what I have to do for the US Open and that is it. It is pretty easy, however I’ve set to work exhausting.”
‘Most emotional win’
In the meantime, Rublev will likely be trying to construct on a powerful breakthrough yr which has now seen him beat two top-five gamers — the opposite being world No. Four Dominic Thiem.
The world. No 70 was clearly emotional after beating Federer and may now sit up for a quarterfinal match up with fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev.
“It is the most important and most emotional win,” mentioned Rublev, earlier than turning his consideration to praising Federer.
“I can not think about every single day how a lot strain you will have. I imply, to know that you simply’re Roger and all people is watching you and you must show it every single day, and he is doing this, I do not know for what number of years. I imply, that is one thing, I do not know, unreal.”
Murray out of US Open
The 32-year-old had beforehand dominated himself out of enjoying within the singles at Flushing Meadows however has now confirmed he’ll miss the competitors altogether.