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Roger Federer finds stubborn Mischa Zverev not to be sneezed at

• Federer shrugs off cold to win 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court
• No3 seed to play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of Wimbledon

It might be sacrilege to say it around these parts, but Roger Federer is not yet humming at his imperious best. There have been ripples of genius, not sustained waves. Flat spots as well as staggering shots. Even so, the No3 seed was plenty good enough to fend off Mischa Zverev’s stubborn challenge in three tight sets as the evening closed in – now, for the good of his hopes of winning an eighth Wimbledon title he just needs to see off the persistent cold that has plagued him all week.

“I’m definitely feeling better,” he said. “I feel 50% better than I did on Thursday and I’m happy things are progressing well I hope that on Monday I’m back to 100%.”

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