Facing Roger Federer in 2014 Wimbledon was special, says Lorenzi

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Facing Roger Federer in 2014 Wimbledon was special, says Lorenzi

In an interview to Sky Sport the world No. 106 Paolo Lorenzi recalled his 2014 second-round loss to Roger Federer in Wimbledon. "It was an unbelievable emotion, against him in Wimbledon for the first time was something special", said the Italian player.

"It may not have been the best surface to play against him but it was still a very nice memory of mine. Before heading into the court I remember I was with my coach and next to me there were Stefan Edberg and Federer. As a kid on TV, I saw Edberg winning."

On the evolution and improvements made by the event, Lorenzi added: "Also this year Wimbledon tried to add something like all the Slams have been doing. The roof on the No. 1 court had been waited for a long time because here every year it's a bit rainy.

They did well because only one roof on the Centre was not enough. And then the tie-break on the 12-all fifth set was right." On what makes the surface special, Lorenzi concluded: "Playing on grass is very different compared to the other surfaces.

It's true that I prefer clay but I won more matches in Wimbledon than I did in the French Open so I adapted well to it. The problem for me and many players is not to be able to slide, which we usually do on the grass and hard.

But changing for three or four weeks a year is right, wearing white... It's just special." Lorenzi lost to Daniil Medvedev in this year's opening round.