'Roger Federer Wimbledon match is very special for me,' says Lloyd Harris

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'Roger Federer Wimbledon match is very special for me,' says Lloyd Harris

In the opening round at Wimbledon 2019, the eight-time champion Roger Federer faced Lloyd Harris on Centre Court. The Swiss claimed a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory, raising his level in set number two and celebrating the 96th Wimbledon triumph.

Serving at 56%, Federer lost just 16 points in his games, getting broken once and delivering six breaks from 12 opportunities to control the scoreboard from start to finish after the opener. Roger fired 41 winners and 14 unforced errors, playing flawless tennis in the final 80 minutes to leave the rival behind despite a valiant effort.

Playing with no fear, Lloyd did almost everything right in the opening set, firing seven winners and three unforced errors. The South African faced only one break point and secured a break at 3-2 when Federer netted a backhand.

A service winner pushed the youngster 5-2 up after just 20 minutes, and he fended off a break chance in the ninth game to grab the first set 6-3. Roger should have been in all kinds of problems in set number two as well after landing only 47% of the first serve in, but no one could notice that after he dropped only three points behind the initial shot and found the solution for the rival's serve that he mastered twice.

Federer broke in game four after a massive forehand error from Harris and again at 4-1 to increase the lead.

Roger Federer defeated Lloyd Harris in four sets at Wimbledon 2019.

The Swiss clinched the set comfortably in the next game and gathered momentum ahead of the third.

Federer put in miserable 28% of the first serve, but that made no difference, giving away just two points and mounting the pressure on Lloyd, who could not deal with it. Roger broke at 15 with a smash winner at 1-1 and forged a 5-2 advantage with another break before holding at love for 6-2 and two sets to one lead in swift 79 minutes.

Struggling with a left leg injury, Lloyd stood no chance in the fourth set, barely winning any point on the return and allowing Roger to break him in games three and seven. The Swiss moved over the top with a service winner in game eight for a place in round two.

"Wimbledon is an extraordinary tournament. I had some fun memories there playing Roger Federer on the Center court; it was exceptional. Something I got to share with lots of people," Lloyd Harris said.