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LONDON -- While every other man left in the Wimbledon draw was busy playing over the weekend, Roger Federer got a two-day break.Hell get back to work on Monday.Federer, whose record 17 Grand Slam titles include seven at the All England Club, faces 29th-ranked Steve Johnson of the U.S., as all 16 mens and womens fourth-round matches are on the Day 8 schedule. Thanks to putting matches on court on the middle Sunday for the first time since 2004, and fourth time ever, the tournament is finally back on track after a rainy Week 1.Back on Friday, Federer was the first man to get through the third round, helped by getting to play each of his matches on Centre Court, Wimbledons only arena with a retractable roof.Nine others advanced Saturday.And six more men had to win Sunday, including four -- No. 7 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 15 Nick Kyrgios and No. 32 Lucas Pouille -- whose matches began the day before. So that quartet will be in action for a third day in a row Monday.Dont expect much sympathy from Federer for those who might be weary.Credit to myself for maybe winning as much as I did here in previous years that I do get put on either Centre Court or (No. 1 Court). Maybe (Ive) got to go on Court 1 next week. Maybe have to play four days straight. Who knows? Federer said. Yeah, things have gone well for me in the first week. Well see how they go in the second week.First up is Johnson in what shapes up as quite a mismatch.Federer is trying to reach his 48th Grand Slam quarterfinal, Johnson his first.At 26, Johnson is 8 years younger than Federer, and is not shy about saying the Swiss star was one of my idols growing up.Its going to be a great experience, Johnson said after playing Saturday. Im going to go out there thinking Im going to be the winner. I have no fear out there. Im going to go out there and try and play my best tennis, and hopefully my plan works.He can take some inspiration from his pal and doubles partner, Sam Querrey, who ended No. 1 Novak Djokovics 30-match Grand Slam winning streak on Saturday.Gives everybody confidence, Johnson said.Heres what else to look for on Monday at Wimbledon:QUERREYS FOLLOW-UP: Querrey, an American seeded 28th, now faces a much less heralded opponent than Djokovic, 51st-ranked Nicolas Mahut. But consider this: Mahut, who has reached No. 1 in doubles, has won both previous matchups against Querrey, including last month on a grass court in the Netherlands.FRENCH FOURSOME: Mahut joins Gasquet, Tsonga and Pouille in giving France four men in Wimbledons round of 16 for the first time in 87 years. Gasquet and Tsonga face each other, while Pouille plays No. 19 Bernard Tomic of Australia.GET YOUR POPCORN: Possibly the most entertaining mens match will be the days last on Centre Court: No. 2 Andy Murray against No. 15 Nick Kyrgios. Murray is a two-time major champion from Britain who will hear plenty of home-crowd support. Kyrgios is as polarizing as they come, a 21-year-old Australian who will hit a flashy between-the-legs shot on one point, then scream something someone finds offensive on the next. Theyre pals, and Murray has been one of Kyrgios staunchest defenders.WOMENS MATCHES: The two oldest women left are 36-year-old Venus Williams and her 34-year-old sister Serena. They also have combined for 11 Wimbledon trophies -- or 11 more than the other 14 players still in the draw put together. Fourth-rounders are No. 1 Serena vs. No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova; No. 8 Venus vs. No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro; No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova; No. 4 Angelique Kerber vs. Misaki Doi; No. 5 Simona Halep vs. No. 9 Madison Keys; No. 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. No. 27 CoCo Vandeweghe; No. 28 Lucie Safarova vs. Yaroslava Shvedova; Ekaterina Makarova vs. Elena Vesnina.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Cheap 21 oz Hydro Flask Sport Cap Standard Mouth Mint . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Hydro Flask 32 Oz Black . Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday nights game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He has a phone hearing with the department of player safety, which limits any potential suspension to five or fewer games. http://www.flaskwaterbottle.com/hydro-flask-12-oz/12-oz-kids-wide-mouth.html . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hydro Flask 18 Oz Mint . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. Cheap Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth Black Water Bottle . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. The sight of Sachin Tendulkar in Rio recently caused quite a flutter in the cricket world. What did the sighting of him with IOC chief Thomas Bach at a Rugby sevens match mean? Other than the Great Ts duties as the Indian Olympic Associations (IOA) goodwill ambassador. Was cricket making a pitch for the Olympics by sending in its biggest living superstar?Should cricket even be played under the tent of the Big O? Did the Big O want the sport in? Could T20 be the new Rugby sevens?Turned out Tendulkar was in Rio not as a cricketing emissary of either the ICC or the BCCI. His duty as Indian Olympic goodwill ambassador was to pep up Indias athletes and mingle with the upper echelons of the Olympic Family. La Famille are members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers that owns and runs the Olympics. During the two weeks the event runs, OF members are awarded head-of-state privileges in the host city.Its a good gig. As it happened, in a curious coincidence, when Tendulkar was in Rio, one of his besties - Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians IPL franchise and wife of Mukesh, a regular in the top 50 on the Forbes billionaires list - was elected into the OF as an IOC member from India.World rugbys chief executive, Brett Gosper, reported to the wires that Tendulkar had spent a whole session watching Rugby sevens. Tendulkar loved it and was interested in rugbys journey to the Olympics and why thats an interesting prospect, possibly, for cricket, Gosper said. He was being kind, refraining from exercising rugbys well-established bragging rights. After all, which Commonwealth-centric sport played by a handful of nations at the very top, has an expanding and competitive World Cup, a wide player base, and has made the most of a format that has gone from being considered a tiddlywinks version of the real stuff to a globalisation-magnet?Rugby appears to have found a way past the problems cricket currently wrestles with. The Olympic question was previously somewhere near the bottom of crickets laundry list, but it appears now that there is a bit of a stir round it - for which Tendulkar is not the only one responsible. Once the Olympics have ended and Brazils citizens are left cleaning up after the party and coping with the shock of horrendously large bills, a Very Important Meeting will take place - later in the year, between IOC chief Thomas Bach, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and BCCI president Anurag Thakur, somewhere in India. No one will talk about it formally, but you heard it here first.The meeting is meant to extend the discussion beyond the broader existential arguments that rise when the words cricket and Olympics are placed in the same sentence. It lies beyond whether cricket needs to bother with the quadrennial event or not. Or, using a phrase copyrighted by colleague Andrew Miller, OlympIN or OlympOUT. The sport, at the moment, is floating somewhere in the netherworld between these two, called OlympHOW on earth?Should it even want to, the earliest Olympics that cricket can make a pitch for is 2024. The announcement of the new sports to figure in the 2020 Games was made a week before the Rio 2016 opening ceremony. They are karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing, and the return of baseball/softball (possibly due to its great traction in Japan). The choice of these new sports owes partly to the need to reel in the young, for whom the modern pentathlon might represent some ancient idiosyncrasy, combined with the logistical ease of putting up temporary venues for these sports.If cricket is interested in making a run for Rome, it must have a blueprint, and must hard-sell between now and the opening ceremony in Tokyo 2020. Which is where the argument gets messy and the matter of cricket wanting the Olympics and/or the Olympics wanting cricket is deemed under consideration and exploratory. Gaining Olympic status comes with conditions attached, which the IOC is within its rights to lay down, but which dont quite serve crickets purpose. The Olyympics requires that the sports it hands out medals in bring their best teams and best players.dddddddddddd Most sports and nations obediently toe the line. There are some exceptions, like football, which controls its own Olympic destiny and places age restrictions on competitors (all but three players per squad are under 23), or golf, a newbie, which in Rio had to deal with the lily-livered constitutions of its higher-ranked male players - four from the top ten pulled out. For cricket to stick to its best teams and best players defeats the theoretical purpose of its inclusion in the Olympics - broadening the sports presence in non-traditional territories.Someone suggested beach cricket. As if balancing three formats is not headache enough, batsmen and bowlers in swimwear doesnt provide the best solution either.Then theres the infrastructure - drop-in pitches offer a solution, but what about the real estate required around that pitch? Outfield? Stands? Whats the point if no ones watching? Tree falling in a silent forest, and so on. A cricket ground is far more high-maintenance than setting up a temporary skateboarding venue. Or even squashs easily dismantled all-glass courts, which turn up in front of the pyramids of Giza, in Hong Kong harbour, and in shopping malls. The candidate cities for 2024 are Budapest, Paris, Rome and Los Angeles. Of the lot, only LA has turned two baseball grounds into cricket fields.The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that a 2008 briefing paper titled Cricket Within the Olympic Program - A Golden Opportunity for the Development of Cricket and the Olympic Movement was turned down by the ICC board. The sum and substance of it was that there was an East-West divide among the Full Members over cricket in the Olympics.This is not to say that Asian wariness comes from its dislike of the Olympics. India, for one, have gone more than ten days without a medal in Rio, and the country is in a state of deep gloom and introspection. It is safe to say other subcontinental nations are as hooked to the Games if they have medal stakes. Rather, Asian cricketing nations sweat over being involved in Olympics cricket because it instantly makes them answerable to their national Olympic body, and through that, more vulnerable to more intrusive governmental footprints in their operations.The judges of the Indian Supreme Court would agree that the IOA makes the BCCI look like a cross between the efficiencies of Sony Corp and the humane purpose of Amnesty International. As Indias most self-sustaining and most profitable sports body, it is no surprise the BCCI wants zero conversation with the IOA, and thus with Olympic sport.Yet there is more about crickets dilemma over its best possible relationship with the Olympics than the fact that it is limited by Asian shyness. It will require a straightening out of many glitches in the ICCs functioning to let them catch up with the rugby example. Rugby, through its organised, multi-tiered structure of competition and clear qualification pathways for teams to make it to its biggest events, is about five to seven years ahead of cricket. The ICCs multiple tiers of competition and ranking systems are well intentioned and try to serve the smaller nations, but the routes for qualification to its biggest events are muddied and keep being changed. Sixteen teams in a World Cup or ten? Champions Trophy or whats the point? How many teams in the World T20? Unless cricket accepts that insularity at the highest level eventually fosters inbreeding, the sport could be stuck in the same cyclical conversations every four years.What about Sach and Bach, you ask? Who knows: maybe it is another kind of Olympic debut for cricket. Tendulkar is certainly a member of the global sporting elite. What if the next step up for him is a sporting knighthood of sorts: membership - through some category - of the ultimate athletic aristocracy, the IOC? Maybe the OF really liked him. 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