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Roger Federer says Novak Djokovic 'clearly beatable' at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, London -- Roger Federer has been denied a record eighth title here by Novak Djokovic the past two summers. His path to history may just be about to open up.

Djokovic was on course to meet the Swiss in the semifinals this time, but will first have to dig himself out from two sets down to Sam Querrey when their rain-delayed third-round match resumes Saturday.

"I know we get carried away, we think it's impossible to beat him [Djokovic], all these things," Federer, who blitzed Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, told a press conference. "Clearly he's beatable. It's not impossible.

"He cannot win straight 200 matches in tennis. It's not possible. You're going to have your losses. But he hasn't lost. That's the great thing for him. He can fight his way out of it.

"It will be a different day tomorrow. Maybe very windy, a different game. It's still a long way away for Sam to get it done, especially with Novak's track record right now in the slams. They both know that. It will be an interesting match from now on clearly, to see how Novak is going to come back from this."

Here under the Centre Court roof, the 17-time Grand Slam champion made quick work of his second British opponent in as many matches, having ended the Marcus Willis fairytale.

Federer can now put his feet up for two days -- which could prove a big advantage after the All England Club announced there would be play on Middle Sunday for the first time since 2004 with some second-round matches still to be completed due to rain.

"I might take a day off tomorrow just because I can," he quipped. "I'm sorry, I have to take them when I can. I'm an old guy. I'm looking forward to it.

"On Sunday I'll practice with more intensity, to keep that intensity, play points, go to the gym again. Tomorrow it's relax, and Monday hopefully I'll have great energy when I come back."

The 34-year-old needs the rest -- his body simply hasn't allowed him to get going this season. First there was the knee surgery in March after a freak accident when he was bathing his children, then a bad back ruled him out of the French Open, breaking his streak of playing in 65 consecutive majors.

But here he reminded everyone watching that this is still his house -- Evans simply couldn't touch him.

Evans, who matched his best run at a Grand Slam, didn't have an 'RF' on his shirt like world No.772 Willis did on Wednesday, but he seemed just as overawed by Federer in the early stages.

Federer had enjoyed the exhibition feel of his match against Willis, when for once he wasn't the clear crowd favourite on Centre Court, but it was strictly business on Friday evening. He raced into a 4-0 lead in the opening set, and though Evans pegged him back to 4-3, he was able to close it out.

He repeated the trick at the start of the second set by winning the first four games and never looked back as he eased to tour-level win No.150 on grass, as he bids to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win Wimbledon.

"It's been fun playing against Marcus and Dan," Federer told the BBC. "They're both talented players and I wish them well for the future. I didn't do the draw, someone else did. But it's always a pleasure playing local guys."

Once again, Andy Murray is the last British man standing in SW19, and Federer could meet him in the final. "He's far away in the draw so I won't be playing him for a while," he added with a smile.

Evans can be proud of his efforts besides the defeat. The 26-year-old from Birmingham, England is now set to enter the world's top 80, which would be a career-high ranking. It it just reward for his hard work over the last 18 months.

The man Murray has referred to as a "cheeky chappie" has admitted he still likes a night out, but he just does it at the right time. Just over a year ago he was outside the world's top 700, having fallen in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.

"I might never get a chance to play him again," Evans told a press conference. "I'll never forget playing him on Centre Court. I'll treasure every memory.

"It didn't go my way. It was a bit one-sided. But it won't be the last time I get on a good court, I don't think. I just want to be in these tournaments, in the main draw. You've got to get through to come and get on these courts, to get the chance to play Federer."