Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic is hoping to see a full court for the men’s final but the lure of football may be too much to resist

Roger Federer suggested a clash between the World Cup final and the Wimbledon men's singles final may be more of a concern for those in Russian Federation rather than competitors at SW19.

Wimbledon's men's final traditionally starts on Sunday at 2pm (UK time) and the World Cup final kicks off two hours later.

However, chief executive Richard Lewis confirmed earlier Monday there were no plans to move the men's final and that both the World Cup semifinals and final would not be shown on any big screen, as has been the club's policy since the beginning of the tournament.

Roger Federer has played down the prospect of a clash between the Wimbledon and World Cup finals by joking that football fans in Moscow will be distracted by the tennis.

England have progressed to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"It's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I'm sure everybody will understand if it does".

Fans on the grounds of the All-England Club watch the World Cup quarterfinal between England and Sweden on their cellphones.

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"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored.it was wonderful".

"Our attitude is that if people aren't affecting other people's enjoyment of the tennis, if they have it on silent or are listening on an earphone, then that is fine", Lewis said, according to The (London) Guardian.

He also told BBC Sport that Wimbledon's big TV screen on "Henman Hill" was reserved for tennis.

"Well, it's going to happen anyway, if I'm going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final", Federer said in a seemingly tongue-in-cheek response.

"Hopefully England will get through to the final and it will be one of the very special days at Wimbledon". "They'll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30", the Swiss said with a smile.

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands.

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