LONDON (AP) — While every other man left in the Wimbledon draw was busy playing over the weekend, Roger Federer got a two-day break.
He’ll get back to work on Monday.
Federer, whose record 17 Grand Slam titles include seven at the All England Club, faces 29th-ranked Steve Johnson of the U.S., as all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches are on the Day 8 schedule. Thanks to putting matches on court on the middle Sunday for the first time since 2004, and fourth time ever, the tournament is finally back on track after a rainy Week 1.
Back on Friday, Federer was the first man to get through the third round, helped by getting to play each of his matches on Centre Court, Wimbledon’s only arena with a retractable roof.
Nine others advanced Saturday.
And six more men had to win Sunday, including four — No. 7 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 15 Nick Kyrgios and No. 32 Lucas Pouille — whose matches began the day before. So that quartet will be in action for a third day in a row Monday.
Don’t expect much sympathy from Federer for those who might be weary.
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