'I have missed such opportunities to practice with Roger Federer', says ATP star



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'I have missed such opportunities to practice with Roger Federer', says ATP star

For his first notable result at Wimbledon, Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals in 2001, after beating seven-time champion Pete Sampras. Doing his best to extend the run, the teenager suffered a narrow 7-5, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 loss to Tim Henman in three hours and 13 minutes.

Federer won just two points behind the Briton, dominating the third set but losing ground in the final stages of the other three to go to the exit gate. After an early loss in 2002, Federer became the player to beat at the All England Club, winning back-to-back trophies in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and hoping to extend the streak in 2006.

Federer ousted Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the first round to claim an Open record with 42 straight wins on turf, leaving Bjorn Borg on 41 and mustering an extra boost ahead of the upcoming fixtures. In the second round, Federer had a chance to avenge that 2001 loss to crowd favorite Tim Henman.

The Swiss beat the Briton 6-4, 6-0 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes to win the 27th Wimbledon triumph. The four-time semi-finalist was miles away from his A game at Wimbledon that year, dropping more than half the points behind the initial shot and suffering six breaks out of eight opportunities offered to Federer.

The Swiss lost 19 points in 12 service games and pushed back the two break points to keep the first serve intact and cross the finish line. At one point, Federer won ten straight games and lost just eight points in those, demolishing the rival in the second set at the All England Club!

Roger Federer beat Tim Henman in 85 minutes at Wimbledon in 2006. The home favorite didn't play so badly in the first game, breaking once and allowing Roger to win 6-4. The Swiss took a break at 15 in the first game of the second set, repeated that two games later and landed an ace in the fourth game to forge a 4-0 advantage.

Tim broke on the fifth game and Roger hit an ace to get to the finish line. With nothing in his way, the defending champion raced to a 4-0 lead in the third set and sealed the deal with an ace in the eighth game to advance to the third round.

Murray on training with Roger Federer

Andy Murray traded hits with Roger Federer earlier on Saturday, sending social media abuzz. Speaking to Sky Sports after his practice session with the Swiss maestro, Murray claimed that the experience was "really cool" and that he appreciated such moments more now than he did in his peak years.

"Getting to play with Roger Federer was really cool for me," Murray said. "They're the sort of things that probably six, seven years ago I wouldn't have given any thought to it. I would have seen that as just being a practice session pre-major with a top player, and focusing on myself.

I'm probably appreciating those things more," the Brit said. "When I take a step back from that, as a tennis fan, getting to play with Roger Federer two days before Wimbledon, it's really great. I haven't had the opportunity to do that sort of stuff much over the last few years.

I enjoyed that. The way that I've been performing in my practices with top players, I'm not going out there and getting whacked," Murray said. "I'm competing well with all of the players that I practiced with.

That's a really positive thing for me. That's one of the reasons why I'm sure, if my body holds up, that I can do well, can compete with these guys on the biggest stages."