Steve Johnson reveals how it felt playing Roger Federer on Wimbledon Centre Court

Johnson and Federer met for the first time at 2016 Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
Steve Johnson reveals how it felt playing Roger Federer on Wimbledon Centre Court

American tennis player Steve Johnson, 32, admitted he didn't stand much of a chance when he clashed Roger Federer at Wimbledon but added it was still a great experience. In 2016, Johnson reached his maiden Wimbledon round-of-16.

After winning three matches to progress into the Wimbledon last-16, Johnson stumbled upon record eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer. Federer made a light work of Johnson in their first meeting as he beat the American 6-2 6-3 7-5.

"Got my ass kicked, it was a lot of fun. Bit of nightmare, but then a dream & then nightmare, & then dream. Then we finished & I walked back past all of his trophies, I was like, this guy knows what he's doing," Johnson said.

Johnson clashed Federer three times

Johnson and Federer clashed two more times as the Swiss clinched victories over the American at the 2017 Indian Wells Masters and 2020 Australian Open, respectively.

Federer, who hasn't played a lot over the last two years, is targeting to return to action at the Laver Cup in September. Last August, Federer underwent a knee surgery. "I knew [my knee surgery and recovery] would be a long process but the operation was necessary, I couldn't have played like this after Wimbledon.

Now I hope to be able to get back into the Laver Cup in September," Federer said. When Federer returns from a knee surgery, he will have a reduced schedule. "[Whether my family will travel with me again for tennis tournaments] is a problem that I would really like to have.

Because that would mean that everything is going well with the knee and the comeback," Federer said. "The advantage is that I won't play 20 tournaments a year like I used to. My program will be manageable, and that's why I'll say: sometimes they'll be there, sometimes they won't."

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