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Cincinnati Masters 2019: 6 major talking points from the tournament

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Modified 19 Aug 2019, 16:37 IST

#5 Bautista Agut makes top ten debut with Cincinnati quarterfinal run

Roberto Bautista Agut
Roberto Bautista Agut

Roberto Bautista Agut, on the cusp of the top ten for a while, sealed a maiden top ten entry by beating American Frances Tiafoe in the third round en route to a second Masters quarterfinal in as many weeks.

The Spaniard, however, failed to reach his first Cincinnati semifinal when he went down to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a three-set last-eight clash.

#6 Rublev knocks out seven-time champion Federer

Andrey Rublev
Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev, who almost missed the 2019 Cincinnati Masters as he 'forgot to sign up' for the tournament, moved through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw. The Russian beat successive seeded players in Nikoloz Basilashvili and Stanislas Wawrinka to seal a third-round meeting with Roger Federer.

In his first career meeting with the record seven-time Cincinnati champion, Rublev burst out of the blocks, breaking the Federer serve thrice to hand the Swiss his quickest defeat on tour in 15 years.

The defeat marked Federer's earliest Cincinnati exit in 11 years since a third set tiebreak reverse against Ivo Karlovic in the same round at the 2008 edition of the tournament.


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Published 19 Aug 2019, 16:37 IST
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