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Cincinnati Masters: Roger Federer stunned by world No 70 Andrey Rublev; Novak Djokovic cruises ahead

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Federer fell in a first-time meeting with Russian Andrey Rublev, who posted a 6-3, 6-4 upset.
'World number one Novak Djokovic has a remarkably clear road to the ATP Cincinnati Masters final after producing an efficient victory Thursday while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open tuneup event. Djokovic was never in danger in his 6-3, 6-4 triumph over 53rd-ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, whom he finished off in 90 minutes. Federer fell in a first-time meeting with Russian Andrey Rublev, who posted a 6-3, 6-4 upset. Defending champion Djokovic will continue his quest in a Friday quarter-final, taking on France’s Lucas Pouille, a 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russian Karen Khachanov. Djokovic earned his eighth straight victory at Cincinnati on the first of two match points. “I’m very pleased today. I beat a top quality player,” Djokovic said. “It was straight sets but the score doesn’t indicate how tough it was. “He had break points in both sets and I got out of trouble with some good serves. Overall, it was a really good match.” Federer, the seven-time Cincinnati champion who turned 38 last week, was unable to make an impression on Rublev, playing only his second match since losing the Wimbledon final to Djokovic. “I struggled on my serve early on. Got broken the first service games, and there you have it,” Federer said. “That sort.. Read more'