Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

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Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in his fourth-round match and will play South Africa's No. 8 seed Kevin Anderson in a quarterfinal.

Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russian Federation rather than competitors at SW19.

Gareth Southgate's England have been roared on by fans up and down the country as they defied expectations to set up a semi-final with Croatia - with the match taking place in Moscow on Wednesday.

However Richard Lewis, chief executive of AELTC, indicated the conditions of entry would be relaxed as the matches go head-to-head, with use of electronic devices permitted if they do not cause disruption.

Fans will, however, be able to follow the action in Russian Federation on their phones and tablets using the tournament's wifi signal.

When asked if he was anxious about Sunday's World Cup final in Russian Federation clashing with the Wimbledon men's singles final, Roger Federer couldn't help but laugh.

Federer, who cruised through to the quarter-final of the men's competition on Monday, said he was not anxious about the football disrupting Sunday's final.

He said: "It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something happens in the football tournament and I am sure everybody will understand if it does".

But after Centre Court was left two-thirds empty during England's quarter-final match against Sweden last week, the ban has been negotiated and lifted. Four thousand spectators fled in search of pubs, while others huddled around screens within the grounds.

Those who stuck around seemed to be more interested in following the action in Russian Federation on their electronic devices than watching the tennis match taking place in front of them.

"Saturday [when England played in the quarter final] was a fantastic day at the championships".

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon", he said.

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon".

Defending champion Roger Federer, who has his sights set on Sunday's final, joked that it was the World Cup organisers who should be anxious about the two sporting events overlapping.

Roger Federer saw the amusing side of a possible World Cup-Wimbledon final clash and was more concerned about what effect the tennis could have on the viewing ratings of the football.

"They'll hear every point, Wow, love-15, 15-30".

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