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Federer's had it easy, says last man to reach third round

6   //    02 Jul 2016, 22:28 IST

By John Stonestreet

LONDON (Reuters) - As the last man through the door, German teenager Alexander Zverev finally reached Wimbledon's third round on Saturday after multiple rain breaks -- and had a message for organisers and the sporting great already sitting pretty a further round ahead.

Seeded 24th, Zverev battled past Russian dangerman Mikhail Youzhny, but it took him three hours and 19 minutes of court time to close out the final second-round match in the draw 6-4 3-6 6-0 3-6 6-2.

The last five games were played on Saturday, the day after third seed Roger Federer sealed his place in the fourth round with a straight-sets win over Briton Dan Evans.

The match was Federer's third in a row under the Centre Court roof in what has been a rain-ravaged tournament.

Asked if putting Federer's match under the roof was fair at a time when he had yet to complete the previous round, Zverev told reporters: "He's a seven?time champion here. I can't complain about it."

Federer acknowledged the disparity with a touch of humour after his match on Friday, telling a news conference: "I'm sorry ... I have to take (days off) when I can. I'm an old guy".

For 19-year-old Zverev, meanwhile, the circumstances are less ideal.

"It was difficult. I warmed up about eight times (for the Youzhny match) ... I have to play tomorrow now. It's not an easy schedule," said the German.

Meanwhile, Federer, over whom Zverev scored a first win in the Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle to enhance his standing as a potential future champion, will be able to rest.


"He will get today and tomorrow off. I have to play yesterday, today, and tomorrow and then maybe Monday," the German added.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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