There were a number of stunned faces when Andrey Rublev managed to defeat Roger Federer in straight sets. The Swiss tennis ace was downed during a Round of 16 match and would have faced Daniil Medvedev.
Instead, the former World number 1 was sent packing by Rublev to set up an all-Russian clash. It seems that the qualifier is not finished with his giant-killing, having dispatched Stan Wawrinka, prior to meeting Roger Federer.
The 21-year-old Rublev was down in 70th in the ATP Rankings in the wake of injury woes. However, he seems to have bounced back strongly and was able to successfully counter Federer’s backhand. In the process, he broke the third seed at least three times in the match.
While Roger Federer bravely tried to forge ahead, Rublev seemed to have the answer to every riddle thrown at him. Federer did break back once, but it paled in comparison to the number of breaks accumulated by Rublev.
He reached a career-high of No. 31 in the ATP Rankings back in 2018 and his career was on the upsurge. Unfortunately, his body had other ideas, as a lower back stress fracture forced him out of action for three months. That was soon followed by a wrist injury, keeping him out of Roland Garros and the start of the grass-court season.
However, with this win over Federer, all those injuries seem like ancient history and a new and revitalised Andrey Rublev is here.