Wimbledon: Roger Federer admits he has ‘unfair’ advantage ahead of QF

Roger Federer will face Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals

Roger Federer will face Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer admits he has an ‘unfair’ advantage ahead of the Wimbledon quarter-final, with the fourth-round clash between Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz suspended due to rain.

The winner of Medvedev-Hurkacz will face 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer for a place in the semi-finals at the All England Club.

Russia’s Medvedev currently leads 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 3-4 but the match, played on an outside court, was halted on Monday evening due to persistent rain.

The pair will return to Centre Court tomorrow afternoon to finish the fourth-round meeting, with the winner having to play a fresh Federer just 24 hours later.

‘It is not fair for anyone,’ Federer said after his 7-5 6-4 6-2 win against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.

‘I have been in these situations before – but these guys are young and they can recover! Unfortunately they are very, very good too.’

Federer, who at the age of 39 became the oldest man to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the Open Era, added: ‘I’m extremely happy to win.

‘It was tricky conditions inside and out against Lorenzo, who is always dangerous. But after the first set I was able to control things. I couldn’t be more excited to get to the quarters.’

Federer has won Wimbledon eight times and cruised into his 58th Grand Slam quarter-final with a straight-sets victory over Sonego.

Sonego, attempting to reach his first Grand Slam quarter, went toe-to-toe with Federer in the first set but was broken in unfortunate circumstances immediately after a lengthy break while the roof came on.

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