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Roger Federer looks untouchable as old injuries do for his younger rivals | Kevin Mitchell

The Swiss is on course for his eighth Wimbledon title and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic might benefit likewise from a long break from tennis

Roger Federer wrote the book on survival in the tennis jungle. As the 35-year-old Swiss contemplates the challenge of becoming the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall 43 years ago, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who were cut down so cruelly by injury and the stress of a physical sport in the quarter-finals, could do worse than heed his example and walk away from the game for six months. It is a formula that has worked as no other in the recent history of the sport.

“Last year I had a hard, hard time practising through the clay-court season,” Federer said on the eve of his semi-final on Friday against Tomas Berdych.

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