MASON, Ohio – Not long after 39-year-old Venus Williams escaped Center Court with a three-set win Thursday at the Western & Southern Open, 38-year-old Roger Federer took the court for his Round of 16 match against 21-year-old Andrey Rublev.
Federer, though, couldn’t follow Williams’ lead.
The seven-time Cincinnati champion was broken in his first two services and never really recovered, losing in straight sets to Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev, 6-3, 6-4, in 61 minutes.
According to the ATP, this was Federer’s quickest defeat on record since he lost in 54 minutes to Franco Squillari in Sydney in 2003.
“I struggled on my serve early on,” said Federer. “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.”
Roger Federer lost to Andrey Rublev, 3-6, 4-6 during the Western and Southern Open at The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason Thursday, August 15, 2019. (Photo: Cara Owsley/The Enquirer)
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