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Wawrinka facing tough week

Stan Wawrinka’s coach admits his charge faces a daunting task if he is to win his first Wimbledon title.

The reigning Australian Open champion was the main victim of Saturday's bad weather and now faces potentially having to play five matches in seven days.

Most singles matches were completed after much of Saturday was washed out but Swiss star Wawrinka's third-round clash with Denis Istomin had already been postponed along with the clash between John Isner and Feliciano Lopez - the winners will meet in the next round.

Because there is no play on middle Sunday at Wimbledon, those matches will now be played on Monday, the fourth round on Tuesday and quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Magnus Norman, who has guided Wawrinka into the world's top three, said: "It's tough but I know the organisation and the referee are trying to be fair to all the players because they also cancelled Lopez and Isner.

"It's a tough situation because if he wants to go through here he has to win five best-of-five-set matches in seven days so it's going to be really hard, and three days in a row.

"It's not really human but we're not complaining. We know what we have to do and we'll just try to focus on one point at a time and one match at a time."

To try to be fair to all of the players in the bottom half of the men's draw, no fourth-round matches in that section will be played on Monday, meaning all Tuesday's winners will have to play again on Wednesday.

Norman backed the decision, saying: "That's one thing that they've done to try to be fair to all the players.

"It's not an easy decision for anyone because we have also the Sunday off with the tradition at Wimbledon.

"The best thing for the players would be to play on Sunday and have Monday off but you have to take everything into consideration and I think they're doing a great job trying to be fair to everyone."

World No 1 Rafael Nadal and fourth seed Roger Federer are also affected.

Both know their opponents already, with Nadal due to take on new teen star Nick Kyrgios and Federer facing Tommy Robredo - but they must wait until Tuesday to play.

The top half of the men's draw will all play their fourth-round matches on Monday.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray takes on Kevin Anderson while top seed Novak Djokovic will play 14th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.