• Federer says his back niggle is under control

    7/4/12 1:31 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Federer says his back niggle is under control Roger Federer says he will pull up fit for his Wimbledon quarter-final with Mikhail Youzhny after dealing with back pain during his fourth-round victory over good friend Xavier Malisse 7-6 (1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

    The 30-year-old Federer, a six-time champion, said he's got the fitness situation which required first-set treatment under control.

    Federer, who has achieved a record 33rd straight Grand Slam quarter-final with his win, cited recent circumstances for the back problem which he said was not a huge concern. "It must be a mix of the five-setter (previous round over Julien Benneteau) and the two days off and the cold wind. I guess it was unlucky in this regard. Fortunately I pulled out the match the way I did today."

    Federer added: "Honestly I'm not too worried. I've had bad backs over the years. I've been around. They go as quick as they came.

    "Of course I have to keep an eye on it now. I have one and a half days, which is a lot of time, to be quite honest, to work with. Two good night's sleeps and I'll be 100 percent on Wednesday. I'm pretty convinced, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to pull out the match the way I did today."

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