Malisse fails to stop Federer
July 02, 2012 17:11:05 UK
Roger Federer is on course to meet Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Despite suffering from a back injury, Roger Federer was still able to beat Xavier Malisse as he moved safely into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
The six-time champion from Switzerland had to endure eight minutes of treatment for the problem during the first set but appeared to be more refreshed after a rain delay as he eventually won the fourth round clash 7-6 6-1 4-6 6-3.
My back is OK, it started to feel better as the match went on.Roger Federer
Federer has not been at his best at SW19 this year and was forced to come from two sets down before eventually beating Julien Benneteau in the previous round.
However, with Rafael Nadal already out of the tournament, Federer can now be backed at 1.44 to win the Wimbledon title, while Andy Murray is available at 3.60, Novak Djokovic at 1213.00 and Mardy Fish at 1001.00.
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"My back is OK, it started to feel better as the match went on," Federer said after his win. "It come and goes. When you play on tour for over 15 years the back does hurt at times, you just hope it doesn't come in a big match. It was scary, but the treatment was a big help."
The world number three will meet the Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the last eight.
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