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Medvedev vs Rublev ATP Cincinnati live streaming, preview and tips - Can Rublev back up Federer scalp against in-form Medvedev?

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 16 Aug 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Andrey Rublev is live from Cincinnati at 7.00pm local time on Friday (12.00am BST, Saturday)
  • It's their first career meeting at tour-level
Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)

It’s an all-Russian showdown in the Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals on Friday night as Daniil Medvedev comes up against Andrey Rublev, who will be trying to back up his big win over seven-time champion Roger Federer.

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Ninth seed Daniil Medvedev faces close friend and Roger Federer’s conquerer Andrey Rublev for a semi-final spot in the Cincinnati Masters on Friday night.

Medvedev is in the midst of putting together a spectacular U.S. Open Series and is into his third quarter-final of the summer here in Cincinnati. After finishing runner-up in Washington to Nick Kyrgios and the Canada Masters to Rafael Nadal last week, Medvedev has continued his fine form at the Western & Southern Open, advancing into the last eight without dropping a set, beating Kyle Edmund 6-2 7-5, Benoit Paire 7-6(2) 6-1 and Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2 6-1. The win against Struff in the Round of 16 on Thursday was especially impressive, considering the German has been in the form of his life this season and had knocked out Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round, but Medvedev was at his consistent and funky best from the baseline, allowing Struff just three games in a 6-2 6-1 triumph in just 66 minutes.

Medvedev has now won 11 of his last 13 matches and moved up to sixth spot in the ATP Race to London for the season-ending championships. The Russian will try and extend his successful run against his compatriot and friend Rublev on Friday.

"I'm really impressed," Medvedev said of Rublev’s win over Federer. "Many guys have spent all their career trying to beat Roger and they didn’t succeed, and him in the first meeting, he puts 3 and 4 to Roger. That’s just amazing from him and huge respect for that."

This time last year, Medvedev was ranked No. 56 in the world and was playing qualifying in Cincinnati, but 12 months later the 23-year-old is the highest-ranked Russian at No. 8 and rising. Medvedev started his swift climb up the rankings by winning the ATP 500 Japan Open in Tokyo towards the end of last season, but he’s taken his game to another level in 2019, winning the title in a strong Brisbane field, making the Australian Open fourth round (taking a set off Novak Djokovic), capturing his fourth career title in Sofia, advancing to the semi-finals in Rotterdam, the fourth round of Miami and then beating Djokovic to reach his maiden Masters 1000 semi-final in Monte-Carlo. By the time Medvedev had conquered Kei Nishikori to make the 500-level Barcelona Open final in April, he’d won the most matches out of anyone on tour. However, after losing that final 4-6 0-6 to Dominic Thiem, Medvedev's form deserted him as he won just five matches until the U.S. Open Series.

But he’s well and truly back to his best on hardcourts, making those aforementioned finals in Washington and the Canada Masters - could be possibly make a third straight final this week in Cincinnati?

Andrey Rublev (PA Images)
Andrey Rublev stands in his way. The 21-year-old has tumbled down the rankings over the last couple of seasons due to injury, but he’s shot back to his best form this week in Cincinnati, firstly qualifying for the main draw with wins over Bernard Tomic and Mikhail Kukushkin, before overcoming Nikoloz Basilashvili (who had beaten him in the Hamburg final last month) in the opening round of the main draw. But the best was yet to come, with Rublev going on to knock out Swiss legends Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer in straight sets to reach his Masters 1000 quarter-final. Rublev played arguably the best match of his career to topple Federer, using his big forehand to grind down the seven-time Cincinnati champion’s backhand, prevailing 6-3 6-4 in just 54 minutes - which is Federer’s quickest defeat since 2003.


“It’s my biggest and the most emotional win," Rublev said. "The true champion and legend he is… I can’t imagine every day how much pressure you have. I mean, to know that you're Roger and everybody is watching you and you need to prove it every day, and he's doing this, I don't know for how many years. I mean, this is something, I don't know, unreal."

Rublev was actually the first member of the ‘Next Gen’ to make a Grand Slam quarter-final when he did so at the 2017 U.S. Open, which contributed to a career-high ranking of No. 31 in the early stages of 2018, but unfortunately the 21-year-old has been struck down by injuries ever since - firstly suffering from stress fractures in his lower back last year, which caused him to miss several months, while he was also sidelined for six weeks this year with a wrist injury. Rublev, who won his first ATP title as a lucky loser in Umag in 2017, dropped out of the top 100 briefly this season as a result, but he managed to get back inside the top 50 last month when he scored his first top five win over Dominic Thiem to make his aforementioned maiden ATP 500 final in Hamburg.

With two top five wins under his belt in the last month, can Rublev add the scalp of No. 8 Medvedev to his list on Friday? After the way he performed against Federer, you’ve got to give him a real chance. Rublev’s forehand is a genuine weapon and I always thought he was one of the most impressive youngsters coming through before his injury troubles. In saying that, it’s always tough to back up a win of that magnitude 24 hours later, and Medvedev’s awkward style is so hard to combat. I’m leaning with Medvedev’s maddening consistency to get the job done on Friday night.


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