Wimbledon’s player ban isn’t fair, but it’s the right move
Placeholder while article actions loadOrganizers of the famous Wimbledon tennis tournament in England announced last week that players from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to play in the 2022 championships. Lots of people, including the top-ranked male player, Novak Djokovic, as well as tennis legend and nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, do not think the ban is fair. In some ways, telling tennis players that they cannot play in an important tournament just because they are from a certain country is unfair. In February, Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine, an independent country that was not threatening Russia. The punishment may not be perfectly fair, especially for the athletes, but I think it is the right thing to do.washingtonpost.com
Wimbledon bans players from Russia, Belarus over Ukraine war
Among the prominent players affected by the ban are reigning U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who recently reached No. Belarus has aided Russia in the war. Wednesday’s move — first announced in a statement posted on Twitter — signals the first time a tennis tournament has told players from Russia and Belarus they are not welcome. The French Open, which starts on May 22, will be the first Grand Slam tournament held since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and is expected to permit Russian and Belarussian players to compete. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Nadal outlasts teen Alcaraz in 3 sets to go 20-0 on year
The 21-time major champion staved off three break points on his serve in the fifth game of the third set and then broke Alcaraz with a forehand volley winner to go up 5-3. Nadal served out the match with a love game, punctuating the 3-hour, 12-minute struggle with a 95-mph ace. Nadal threw his head back, smiled and raised both arms in triumph, having escaped an aggressive Alcaraz. He served a love game to open the match and then promptly broke Rublev and held again for a 3-0 lead. They've known each other since the junior ranks, where Rublev beat Fritz in three of their four meetings.wftv.com
Fritz into Indian Wells final with 2-set win over Rublev
Indian Wells Tennis Taylor Fritz reacts during his men's singles semifinals match against Andrey Rublev, of Russia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — (AP) — Taylor Fritz ended Andrey Rublev’s 13-match winning streak with a 7-5, 6-4 victory Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals. Fritz advanced to the final Sunday against either Rafael Nadal or 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who met in the other semifinal. Andre Agassi was the last American man to win Indian Wells in 2001. In the second set, Fritz came up with a big hold at 5-4, firing an ace down the T after fighting off two break points. They've known each other since the junior ranks, where Rublev beat Fritz in three of their four meetings.wftv.com
Fritz rising, Rublev rolling into semifinals at Indian Wells
In 2021, Fritz came into Indian Wells ranked 39th in the world. “I feel like my level as a player has gone up a ton.”Fritz has recorded many milestones at Indian Wells, where he's always a crowd favorite. Fritz made his debut in a Masters 1000 main draw at Indian Wells and notched his first top-10 win here in 2017. “Just the energy is completely different.”Fritz is the first American to reach consecutive semifinals at Indian Wells since Andy Roddick in 2009-10. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
'No war': Russian athletes Rublev, Ovechkin call for peace
Ovechkin, one of the most prominent Russian athletes in the U.S., made a plea for peace while talking with reporters after practice in Philadelphia. “Please, no more war,” Ovechkin said Friday. “It doesn’t matter who is in the war, Russia, Ukraine, different countries. "heRussian tennis player Daniil Medvedev spoke Thursday at the Mexico Open about waking up to news that his country had invaded Ukraine. “By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world,” Medvedev continued.wftv.com
Rublev beats Auger-Aliassime to win Open 13 for 9th title
France Tennis Open 13 Provence Andrey Rublev of Russia celebrates with the trophy after winning the men's singles final of the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in Marseille, south of France, Sunday, Feb.20, 2022. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) (Daniel Cole)MARSEILLE, France — (AP) — Second-seeded Andrey Rublev beat No. 3 Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6 (4) to win the Open 13 tournament on Sunday, clinching his ninth career title and first for almost a year. “I had to increase my level otherwise I would have had no chance against Felix,” Rublev said. But somehow I was able to raise my level and in the end it was tough.”___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
The Latest: Cilic upsets No. 5 Rublev to reach 4th round
APTOPIX Australian Open Tennis Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates after defeating Andrey Rublev of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) (Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):11:50 p.m.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has upset No. 5-seeded Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. De Minaur, seeded 32nd, beat Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the first of the night matches on Day 6 on the main show court at Melbourne Park. 2-ranked Medvedev had a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Botic Van de Zandschulp in the third round, two days after a challenging second-round win over Nick Kyrgios.wftv.com
Medvedev-led Russia wins Davis Cup after 15-year wait
Spain Davis Cup Tennis The Russian Tennis Federation team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Davis Cup tennis final at the Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) (Bernat Armangue)MADRID — (AP) — Russia's 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title ended Sunday after another clutch performance by Daniil Medvedev. It was the fifth consecutive straight-set victory in the Davis Cup for the No. Russia's other Davis Cup title was in 2002. The triumph also capped a special week for Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev, the longest-serving Davis Cup captain.wftv.com
Rublev wins to give Russia 1-0 lead in Davis Cup final
CORRECTION Spain Davis Cup Tennis CORRECTS NAME OF PLAYER Russian Tennis Federation's Andrey Rublev celebrates a point against Croatia's Borna Gojo during their Davis Cup tennis finals at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (Manu Fernandez)MADRID — (AP) — Andrey Rublev beat Borna Gojo in straight sets to give Russia a 1-0 lead over Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Sunday, leaving Daniil Medvedev with the chance to secure his country's first title in the team event since 2006. Russia is seeking its third Davis Cup title after triumphs in 2002 and 2006. Russia can complete a sweep of team events after the women's team won the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Prague last month. Victory would also cap a special week for captain Shamil Tarpischev, the longest-serving Davis Cup captain.wftv.com
Novak Djokovic beats Rublev to reach ATP Finals semifinals
TURIN, Italy — (AP) — Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Finals by beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday. The top-ranked Djokovic is attempting to match Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world. Djokovic was again almost perfect on his serve, although Rublev managed to break him in the opening game. Djokovic broke twice in each set and won the match with his 12th ace. He beat Casper Ruud in his opening group match.wftv.com
Team Europe easily tops Team World for 4th Laver Cup in row
Even without any of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic on the roster, Team Europe clinched its fourth consecutive Laver Cup victory by going up 14-1 against Team World on Sunday. Tokyo Olympics singles gold medalist Alexander Zverev of Germany and Andrey Rublev of Russia gave Team Europe an insurmountable lead by beating Reilly Opelka of the U.S. and Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-3 in a match tiebreaker in doubles to open Sunday's play.news.yahoo.com
Berrettini, Ruud, Rublev give Team Europe 3-1 Laver Cup lead
The pandemic-delayed fourth edition of the Laver Cup — and first without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating — began Friday with Team Europe taking a 3-1 lead over Team World thanks to victories in singles from Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev. Italy's Berrettini, the runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon in July, saved 12 of 13 break points and came back to edge Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in a match tiebreaker 6-7 (3), 7-5, 10-8.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Medvedev, Rublev win, Dimitrov out at US Open
US Open Tennis Andrey Rublev, of Russia, wipes sweat from his face during the second round of the US Open tennis championships against Pedro Martinez, of Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___3:35 p.m.Daniil Medvedev eased into the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dominik Koepfer. Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev also advanced but 15th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, a semifinalist in the 2019 U.S. Open, retired after losing two tiebreakers and trailing 4-0 in the third set against Alexei Popyrin. ___1:25 p.m.Simona Halep is into the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2016. 5 seed Andrey Rublev and 15th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov were among the players who got started late after play was delayed on the courts that aren't covered.wftv.com
Barty, Zverev notch efficient wins in Cincinnati finals
Zverev, too, had a relatively easy time in the Cincinnati final, winning the first four games en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev. The match lasted 58 minutes, a welcome result for Zverev after a grueling three-set semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday. “It's been an awesome week,” said Zverev, who lost to Dominic Thiem in last year's U.S. Open final. “It’s been an awesome week," Barty said. “I was very happy with my week," Teichmann said.wftv.com
The Latest: Spanish player back at French Open after cancer
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (Christophe Ena)PARIS — (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___10:20 p.m.Carla Suárez Navarro has made her return to Grand Slam competition after being treated for cancer. ___7:15 p.m.Rafael Nadal's bid for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title has started with a straight-set victory at the French Open. The American veteran's 24th appearance at the French Open ended in a 6-3, 6-1 defeat against Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia. ___4:35 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says on Instagram that she has pulled out of the French Open because of an ankle injury. Barty played 13 matches on clay in the build-up to the French Open, winning 11.wftv.com
The Latest: Coco Gauff wins 1st match as seed at French Open
France Tennis French Open United States's Coco Gauff plays a return to Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic during their first round match on day three of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. ___7:15 p.m.Rafael Nadal's bid for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title has started with a straight-set victory at the French Open. The American veteran's 24th appearance at the French Open ended in a 6-3, 6-1 defeat against Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia. ___4:35 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says on Instagram that she has pulled out of the French Open because of an ankle injury. ___12:40 p.m.Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady breezed past Anastasija Sevastova to reach the second round and match her best performance at the French Open.wftv.com
The Latest: Venus Williams loses in 1st round at French Open
The American veteran in her 24th appearance at the French Open lost 6-3, 6-1 to Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia. ___5 p.m.Seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev has lost in the first round of the French Open. ___4:35 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says on Instagram that she has pulled out of the French Open because of an ankle injury. ___2:50 p.m.Teenage wild card Oceane Babel's inexperience was too much for her to overcome on her Roland Garros debut. ___12:40 p.m.Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady breezed past Anastasija Sevastova to reach the second round and match her best performance at the French Open.wftv.com
The Latest: Rublev knocked out in 1st round at French Open
France Tennis French Open Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova returns the ball to Belgium's Greet Minnen during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (Thibault Camus)PARIS — (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___5 p.m.Seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev has lost in the first round of the French Open. It's the first time Rublev has lost so early at Roland Garros since his debut at the tournament in 2017. ___4:35 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says on Instagram that she has pulled out of the French Open because of an ankle injury. ___12:40 p.m.Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady breezed past Anastasija Sevastova to reach the second round and match her best performance at the French Open.wftv.com
Tsitsipas, with Big Three missing, makes 4th round in Miami
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – For tennis up-and-comers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, the draw at the Miami Open began to look a lot less daunting even before the tournament began. “It’s a first test to see how it is playing without them,” Tsitsipas said after his third-round victory Saturday. 2-seeded Tsitsipas is among those with the best chance to take advantage, and he looked the part against Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-1, 6-4. “I created a lot of opportunities with my serve — I wasn’t rushing at all, finding the right angles and executing it perfectly,” Tsitsipas said. In women's play, top-ranked Ash Barty and three-time champion Victoria Azarenka advanced to a round of 16 showdown.
Everyman's everyman, who faced Federer at Wimbledon, retires
FILE - Marcus Willis, of Britain, celebrates after winning a point against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles match on day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, in this Wednesday, June 29, 2016, file photo. Willis, the Everymans everyman who was ranked 772nd when he faced Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2016, is ending his playing career and focusing on coaching tennis to try to show youngsters that anyone can live the dream. 1 are tied with Novak Djokovic for the most in ATP history (until Monday, when Djokovic will break the record). And just to get to that segment of qualifying matches, Willis needed to win three earlier matches in a special playoff set up for low-ranked British players. A year later, Willis was beaten in the third round of Wimbledon qualifying and never made it back in singles.
The Latest: Nadal loses to Tsitsipas in 5 at Australian Open
(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – The Latest on Day 10 of the Australian Open (all times local):11:55 p.m.Rafael Nadal’s bid for a men’s-record 21st Grand Slam title has ended with a five-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals. He has been pushed to a fifth set by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals. ___10 p.m.Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam set streak has ended at 35 after he dropped one against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The pair were teammates when Russia won the ATP Cup team event on the eve of the Australian Open. Kenin lost to Kaia Kanepi in straight sets in the second round of her title defense at the Australian Open last week.
'Not normal': Djokovic raises quarantine-injury connection
Italy's Matteo Berrettini, left, receives medical treatment during a break while playing Russia's Karen Khachanov during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. 1-ranked Djokovic, who sees what is happening all around Melbourne Park and draws a direct connection to the 14-day quarantines imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic when players arrived in Australia in January. Ad“It's too many injuries, honestly,” Djokovic said, then sighed heavily, during an on-court interview after his four-set quarterfinal victory against Alexander Zverev. “I'm just hoping this is all temporary, so we can kind of go back to what we are kind of used to, without interruptions of practice,” Djokovic continued. It's really — it's taken its toll, unfortunately, on all of us.”Zverev's midsection, like Djokovic's, was taped up for their match.
Medvedev in 5, finally, advances to 4th round in Australia
Russia's Daniil Medvedev gestures after defeating Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE – Daniil Medvedev finally worked out how to a win a five-setter. The fourth-seeded Medvedev was 0-6 in Grand Slam matches that went to five sets, and his Australian Open third-round match against No. here I was really calm to finish the match," Medvedev said. Medvedev, the U.S. Open finalist last year, will next play McDonald, a player he compared with Roger Federer in style.
The Latest: Rafa into 4th round in Australia; back seems OK
He reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the 14th time in 16 trips. The top-seeded Australian beat Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-2, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third straight year. The seventh-seeded Rublev will meet Casper Ruud of Norway in the fourth round. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in the third round. ___3:35 p.m.Unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald has matched his best Grand Slam result by reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open.
Thiem beats Tsitsipas in 3 sets in ATP Finals opener
Austria's Dominic Thiem returns a shot to Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, during their London 2020 group singles match on day one of the ATP Finals tennis championship at the O2 Arena, London, Sunday Nov. 15, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)LONDON – Dominic Thiem made sure this year's ATP Finals didn't begin the same way last year's ended. Tsitsipas beat Thiem in a third-set tiebreaker in last year’s final to clinch the biggest title of his career at the season-ending event for the world’s top eight players. Tsitsipas broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set with a forehand passing shot before leveling the match. Thiem eventually held serve after a game that went to six deuces, and was never troubled the rest of the way.
French Open champ Swiatek rises to 17th; Djokovic, Nadal 1-2
2, followed by U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem and Federer. The 19-year-old Swiatek entered the French Open at No. 54 and became the lowest-ranked female champion at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975. The top three in the women’s rankings remained as they were before the French Open, with Ash Barty at No. Halep did compete at the French Open, but her 6-1, 6-2 loss to Swiatek in the fourth round didn’t affect the three-time major champion’s ranking.
Djokovic's body acts up at French Open; faces Tsitsipas next
Carreño Busta, for his part, had at least a bit of doubt about what was going on. Nadal eyes a 13th championship at the French Open, which would give him 20 majors overall, equaling Roger Federer's record for men; Schwartzman never has played in a Slam semifinal. At the U.S. Open, Tsitsipas failed to convert a half-dozen match points in a third-round loss. Then, against Rublev in the final of the clay-court Hamburg Open on Sept. 27 — Day 1 of the French Open — Tsitsipas served for the victory but wound up absorbing another disheartening defeat. At the changeover before the second set, Djokovic was attended to by a trainer, who returned for another massage three games later.
The Latest: Djokovic has arm issue but wins at French Open
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___9:50 p.m.Novak Djokovic has overcome a bothersome left arm and early deficit to reach the French Open semifinals for the 10th time. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in one of Friday’s semifinals as he seeks a second French Open championship and 18th Grand Slam title. ___5:15 p.m.Polish teenager Iga Swiatek has reached the French Open semifinals in both singles and doubles. ___4:50 p.m.Laura Siegemund has taken issue with the chair umpire for giving her a time violation during her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Petra Kvitova in the French Open quarterfinals. Rublev won their final at the clay-court Hamburg Open on the same day main-draw competition began at the French Open.
Coach? Motivator? Kenin's dad moves, Paris match changes
“First of all, I mean, I don’t know, like, why HER coach sat in that section,” said Kenin, who is seeded No. Djokovic is seeking a second French Open championship and 18th major trophy overall. Tsitsipas and Rublev both dropped the first two sets they played in Paris last week — and now both are making a French Open quarterfinal debut. Their meeting Wednesday comes 10 days after Rublev beat Tsitsipas in three sets in the final of the Hamburg Open on Sept. 27 — Day 1 of the French Open. “I know he’s a tough cookie.”___AP Tennis Writer Fendrich reported from Washington; AP Sports Writer Pugmire reported from Paris.
The Latest: Djokovic in 11th French Open quarterfinal in row
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___6:20 p.m.Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th consecutive year, extending his own Open-era record at the tournament. Djokovic has won all 12 sets he’s played in Paris this year and dropped a total of only 25 games so far. Djokovic is seeking a second French Open championship and 18th major trophy overall. ___12:55 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in eight years by beating Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-4. There will still be crowds for the final week of French Open after Paris police decided not to reduce the limit of 1,000 spectators per day.
Djokovic leads been-there-done-that crew at wild French Open
Is it the two-week gap from the end of the U.S. Open to the start of the French Open? The women’s matchups established Saturday: Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin against Fiona Ferro; two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against Zhang Shuai; Paula Badosa against Laura Siegemund; and No. “You can go out any round,” said Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion who was beaten by the 57th-ranked Collins 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in Saturday's last match. The 22-year-old from Spain, ranked 87th, defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3. “It’s really nice, I think, overall for tennis to see new faces, young players,” Djokovic said.
The Latest: Collins beats 2016 champ Muguruza at French Open
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___11:10 p.m.Danielle Collins grabbed the last four games to come back and beat 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the last third-round singles match at the French Open. Next up for Djokovic as he pursues a second French Open title and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall: No. ___4:20 p.m.Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the fourth round at the French Open for the second year in a row. He came through the qualifying tournament to reach the French Open main draw. ___1:10 p.m.Andrey Rublev advanced to the French Open fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win against the unseeded South African Kevin Anderson.
The Latest: Williams drops 1st set of US Open quarterfinal
Serena Williams, of the United States, serves to Tsvetana Pironkova, of Bulgaria, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):1:05 p.m.Serena Williams has dropped the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova by a 6-4 score. She broke Williams to lead 3-2, then failed to convert two set points while Williams served at 5-3. But Pironkova served it out in the next game. ___12:15 p.m.Serena Williams is about to start her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova.
Roger Federer suffers fastest defeat in 16 years
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(CNN) - Roger Federer has suffered his fastest defeat in 16 years after crashing out of the Cincinnati Masters Thursday. The 20-time grand slam champion was roundly beaten 6-3 6-4 by Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in just 62 minutes. Defense, offense, serving well," Federer said of his opponent after the match. No 70 was clearly emotional after beating Federer and can now look forward to a quarterfinal match up with fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev. "It's the biggest and most emotional win," said Rublev, before turning his attention to praising Federer.