Roger Federer knocks back Novak Djokovic question after Wimbledon win over Cameron Norrie

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Roger Federer has refuted any notion that the only reason he’s continuing with his career is to keep Novak Djokovic at bay. Federer is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon after defeating British No 2 Cameron Norrie on Saturday.

It’s the 18th time Federer has made it through to the second week of Wimbledon, a tournament he has dominated in his career.

No male player in the Open Era has recorded more wins at Wimbledon than Federer.

But slowly catching Federer up is Djokovic, who will face Cristian Garin for a place in the quarter-finals.

It was just two years ago when Djokovic and Federer played out an epic final at Wimbledon, with the former coming out on top.

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That was Djokovic’s 16th Grand Slam title, edging him ever closer to Federer’s record tally.

Rafael Nadal has since equalled Federer’s mark, but Djokovic is the man in form having now moved up to 19.

Djokovic is regarded as the heavy favourite at Wimbledon this week as well to make it to 20.

Federer can stop his rival from winning in the final should they both get that far.

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But, despite being 39 years of age, Federer insists his reason for not retiring has nothing to do with trying to stop Djokovic.

“No, I don’t think I’m playing because he’s doing well or he’s doing great things,” Federer said.

“Same as Rafa. I think I’m doing my own thing. I had problems of my own with the knee. That’s been the focus.”

But Federer couldn’t help but pay his respect to Djokovic and what he’s achieved of late.

And the 39-year-old admits his rival is the “big favourite” to clinch his 20th Grand Slam.

“Then again, it’s just very, very impressive to see what again he’s doing this year,” Federer added.

“Like you said, it’s going to be another big one for him the coming days. There’s always danger in the draw wherever you look.

“At the same time he’s able to have different ways how to win matches.

“He’s done incredibly well in Australia, now again also in Paris. That was exceptional, of course.

“He looks like the big favourite here going into whatever round he goes into.

“He deserves it. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s playing great at the same time, too. He’s going to be tough to beat.”

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