In his first ever clash against Roger Federer, the Russian won their third round tie 6-3, 6-4 in Canada.Rublev, ranked 70th in the world, stunned t
In his first ever clash against Roger Federer, the Russian won their third round tie 6-3, 6-4 in Canada.
Rublev, ranked 70th in the world, stunned the seven-time champion, who was in action for just the second time since losing the Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal in devastating fashion last month.
The 21-year-old qualifier broke third seed Federer three times en-route to an unforgettable triumph inside 61 minutes.
That means the Swiss icon, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, heads into the US Open after just two build-up matches on hard courts.
Meanwhile Rublev will now take on compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals, his first last eight clash in a Masters 1000 event.
And he couldn’t hold back his emotions after sealing his second top-five win in a month, having overcome Austria’s Dominic Thiem in Hamburg in late July before losing to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final.
Rublev could be seen growing teary as he went over to shakes hands with Federer after the match.
And as he acknowledged the crowd’s applause, an emotional Rublev buried his face into his arm as the emotions of his career-best win got the better of him.
Despite having previously downed the likes of Thiem, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka, Rublev’s win over the 38-year-old will undoubtedly go down as his best achievement to date.
Before facing Federer, Rublev admitted his excitement at sharing the court with arguably the greatest player the men’s game has ever seen.
“I always wanted to meet him,” Rublev said.
“Finally, we meet, and we’ll see tomorrow. I will do my best. I will fight until the end.”