Roger Federer vs. Andrey Rublev
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 1:30 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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Roger Federer and Andrey Rublev meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Juan Londero that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 77 percent of his first serve points and 83 percent of his second serve points. Federer won 79 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his four break points. Federer got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved his only break point and hit nine aces. If Federer is going to serve like that moving forward, he has a realistic chance of winning this title. Federer looks to win at least two matches for the 19th straight tournament. Federer hopes to make his ninth straight quarterfinal appearance in Cincinnati. Federer has won 12 of his last 13 matches on hard court.
Andrey Rublev is coming off a straight sets win over Stan Wawrinka that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Rublev won 63 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Rublev won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his two break points. Rublev got 54 percent of his first serves in play and saved all five of his break points. Rublev has yet to be broken this tournament and has won six of his last eight completed sets if you include qualifying. Rublev has two career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Rublev looks to make his first career quarterfinal trip in a Masters 1000. Rublev has won his last four matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Rublev is playing some solid tennis as of late and just cruised by a very good player who thrives on hard court. If Rublev can get the free points with his serve that he got in his first match, he has a chance to push this match into interesting territory. As for who wins, Federer was a serving machine in his opener and has enjoyed an extra day of rest. Federer also has made the quarters of Cincinnati in each of his last eight appearances.
Federer in straight sets.