'It is impossible to explain, he is a true legend,' says Rublev after defeating Federer

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 16, 2019, 04.22 PM(IST)

Andrey Rublev. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Rublev hailed Federer as a 'true legend'

Russia's Andrey Rublev said "it is impossible to explain" after defeating Roger Federer in the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Thursday. 

The Russian qualifier beat 20-time Grand slam champion 6-3, 6-4 and hailed the former world number one as a "true legend". 

It was Federer's quickest defeat since losing to Franco Squillari in 54 minutes in Sydney in 2003. 

"It is impossible to explain. I don't know. I mean, the way even how he (Roger Federer) finished the match, it was so amazing," said Rublev. 

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Rublev couldn't put his emotions into words after the match and said, "I told him it was a big honour and he said 'no worries'. The way he did it, it was amazing." 

"Now I feel that he is a true legend and that is what my feeling inside is," Rublev said. 

Rublev’s win sets up an all-Russian quarter-final with ninth seed Daniil Medvedev.