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Alla Zakarian

16-08-2019 | 15:14 Tennis
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Roger Federer suffered his fastest defeat in 16 years: “I played 45 matches this year, so I think I should be fine”

Roger Federer has suffered his fastest defeat in 16 years after crashing out of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. The 20-time grand slam winner was roundly beaten 6-3 6-4 by Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in just 62 minutes. "I played 45 matches this year, so I think I should be fine,” said Federer. Federer looked out of sorts, missing shots that would normally be clean winners and converting only seven of his 19 trips to the net. "If I play Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, I know more or less what they are going to do or can do. That's different with a player you play for the first time," said Federer. "It's maybe a small advantage to have over us, but regardless, you've still got to hit the corners, hit the lines, keep it going. He did exactly that. He was really perfect today. It was a great performance."

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