'Not fair': Roger Federer weighs in on ugly Wimbledon controversy

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Roger Federer (pictured) making a joke during his post-match interview at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer (pictured) took a cheeky dig at his rivals and at his own age during his post-match interview at Wimbledon. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer created tennis history at Wimbledon after becoming the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the open era, but his record prompted him to take a crack at his younger rivals.

Federer wasted no time on court to dispatch of Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to make the last-eight at the All England Club for the 18th time.

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The Swiss maestro is only five weeks away from turning 40 and having reached the Wimbledon quarter-final means the 20-time Grand Slam champ is the oldest player to reach the stage in the modern era.

Federer's remarkable feats at 39 years old has everyone talking, but the player himself is very aware of his body's limitation during the twilight of his career.

This prompted a cheeky dig from Federer in his post-match speech.

His next opponent will either be World No.2 Daniil Medvedev or Hubert Hurkacz.

Medvedev was leading Hurkacz 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 3-4 when play was halted for the night due to rain.

But Federer wasn't looking at his potential opponent yet, but rather at himself.

Federer couldn't help but compare his age to the 'younger' guys and joked he hoped for rain tomorrow to give him more time to recover.

"It is not fair for anyone," Federer said.

"I have been in these situations before — but these guys are young and they can recover," said Federer.

"Unfortunately they are very, very good too, so hopefully it rains again tomorrow... I'm kidding, I'm kidding!"

Despite Federer's plea, the was outrage over the 'disgraceful' schedule that will see Medvedev or Hurkacz playing three straight days in a row.

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Medvedev and Hurkacz will now have to come back on Tuesday to compete the match, with the winner forced to play their quarter-final on Wednesday.

That means the eventual winner will be forced to play three days in a row against a refreshed Roger Federer in the quarters.

Fans were already raging that the World No.2 was forced to play on the outside court without a roof, and they were left incensed when play was suspended on Monday.

Despite Centre Court (with a roof) being free after Federer's match and around two hours left before the 11pm curfew, officials decided not to move the Medvedev match in order to complete it.

This prompted some fans to rage.

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