For the first time since 2008, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will step across the net vs American Sam Querrey. Federer leads the head-to-head series 2-0, including a win at a previous Grand Slam event. However, given the seven-year gap between matches, it will be interesting to see how well he does against the American on Thursday.
Fresh and ready to begin his quest for an eight title at Wimbledon, Roger Federer stormed past Damir Dzumhur in straight sets on Centre Court to advance to the second round of the tournament. He defeated Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that saw him hit 26 winners and as little as 12 unforced errors. He also faced no break points throughout the entire encounter.
“[The grass] changes as the tournament progresses,” commented Federer. “It’s easier to move once you enter, I’d say, third round. Then especially the second week, just because of the used bit in the back, you have more grip, whereas in the beginning of the tournament it’s softer, it’s more slippery where the green patches are.
“[Playing on Centre Court] is exciting. It’s a privilege to be there,” added Federer. “I was trying to think how many times I’ve played there now. I don’t know. I know it’s been often. Still, every time it feels like it’s a special occasion, for sure.”
Next up for Federer is Sam Querrey, who reached the second round of the tournament following a straight sets win against Igor Sijsling. He won the match 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes and also struck a total of 30 aces.
This marks the third time that Federer and Querret will step across the net from each other. Federer leads the head-to=head series 2-0 and is yet to drop a set against the American. This, however, will mark their first ever meeting on grass.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets