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Federer Happy To Avoid Rain, Remain On Course

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer will face Tommy Robredo in the Wimbledon fourth round, a rematch of their 2013 US Open duel.

Maintaining routines is an essential aspect of a player’s preparation for battle. For Roger Federer, a regimented plan of attack provides a sense of normalcy and often removes any undesired intangibles.

Under the cozy –and dry– confines of the Centre Court roof, Federer avoided the rain delays that had plagued the Wimbledon Championships on Day Six, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo.

The seven-time champion said that rain delays are simply a part of the game and that you have to be ready to adapt, but expressed his relief in moving into the second week without any such disruption.

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“I guess Stan's section and Isner's section, they have to play three straight days now,” said Federer. “There could be 15 sets right there. You don't know what's going to happen. It's a bit of the unknown. I mean, these guys are all fit enough to handle it, but it can have an impact, no doubt. I'm sure everybody would have liked to get their match done today. So I don't consider myself lucky or anything like that. But it was definitely good to play today, to finish today and to stay in a normal sort of schedule now.

“I might also be impacted. We'll see what's going to happen. I might not play on Monday now. I don't know what the situation is. You can't choose always. It is what it is and you have to adapt to it.”

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Federer will face Tommy Robredo in the fourth round, a rematch of their 2013 US Open encounter which was won by the Spaniard in straight sets. A win would see the Swiss pass Jimmy Connors for most Grand Slam quarter-finals reached in the Open Era (42).

“I’m just ready for anything as a tennis player,” Federer added. “That's the mindset you've got to have. It starts at an early age, eight years old, ten years old, playing your matches. It keeps on changing all the time. You need to be really flexible in your mind.”

As for his middle Sunday schedule, Federer is reserving the day off for friends and family. “Yeah, family,” he said about his plans. “Tomorrow I think we're going to go visit some friends.  I'm going to come practice here at 11:00. Try to stay in a good rhythm because I have a tendency to go to bed late just because we often play night sessions, late in the day. I have a tendency to go to bed at 2:00 in the morning, but that's not really what I want to get into now.”

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