2019 Cincinnati Masters – Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev taking place? Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

When is Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev on and what time does it start? Thursday 15th August, 2019, 19:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev? Mostly sunny with a temperature around 28c

What channel is Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live va their platform

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Andrey Rublev? https://www.wsopen.com/Tickets/

THE LOWDOWN

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ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer made little fuss about his first match back on court following his epic Wimbledon 2019 final loss to Novak Djokovic last month with a routine win over Juan Ignacio Londero.
  • The Swiss number one and world number three has won three titles so far this year: two on a hard court, the Dubai Open and Miami Open, and his typical Halle grass-court title.
  • The Cincinnati Masters offers Federer his last chance for hard-court match practice before he enters the US Open at the end of the month.

ANDREY RUBLEV

  • Andrey Rublev has come through the qualifiers and two fierce opponents in 15th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and Swiss number two Stan Wawrinka to meet the Swiss number one, Roger Federer, for a first time.
  • The young Russian is somewhat in the shadow of his compatriots Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov but is very much a part of this exciting next generation and at two years their junior is already pulling off big upsets.
  • Rublev reached a career-high 31st in the ATP world rankings last year but sits now at 70, with his recent Hamburg Open final loss to Basilashvili and a win over Marin Cilic at Miami earlier this year showing his potential.

THE PREDICTION

Andrey Rublev offers Roger Federer some problems in his athleticism, as the young Russian was adept on his second serve to win 77% of the time against Stan Wawrinka, but otherwise it would have to be the biggest performance of his life to take down the world number three. Federer recently turned 38 but is still more than capable of winning the incoming US Open, and the Cincinnati title will be in his designs for as much hard-court match practice as possible. There might be a tie-break, but Federer should take this in two sets.

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