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Wimbledon: Refreshed Federer keeping his cool

Roger Federer dismissed the baking temperatures at the All England Club as “very comfortable” as he breezed into the quarter-finals.

The defending champion and top seed barely broke sweat in 80-degree heat on Centre Court as he dismissed Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-2 6-3 to book a last-eight date with 12th seed Tomas Berdych.

Federer looked in good touch as he raced to victory in just one hour and 24 minutes against an opponent who looked out of his depth on his first appearance in the last 16 at SW19.

The 28-year-old dismissed talk of the warm spell being any sort of an issue for players at this level.

“This is not hot. This is normal to me anyway,” he said.

“Maybe for England (it is hot), for Switzerland as well. But we’re used to playing in 35, 40 degrees sometimes.

“This is moderate. Very comfortable to play in. This is a one-shirt-change kind of match. That’s rather easy. I thought I played great. Aggressive right from the start, which I think was key today.”

Tomas Berdych secured his meeting with Federer after the Czech fought back from a set down to see off Germany's Daniel Brands 4-6 7-6 (7/1) 7-5 6-3.

Sixth seed Robin Soderling reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time but was pushed all the way by David Ferrer, winning 6-2 5-7 6-2 3-6 7-5.

Soderling, who now plays Rafael Nadal, said: “I was hitting the ball well, but I didn't return so well.”

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