Roger Federer kicks his Wimbledon off on Tuesday afternoon, taking on the South African Lloyd Harris second up on Centre Court. Federer is closing in on 100 wins at his favourite tournament, needing a run to the semi finals to secure that.
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Federer is still going strong as he nears his 38th birthday and proved he still has it even on the clay with his run to the semi finals in Paris. He followed that up with an impressive showing in Halle, winning the tournament for the 10th time. He did drop sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roberto Bautista Agut but was comfortable in victory of David Goffin in the final. His competing this year now makes it 21 years that Federer has played at Wimbledon, dating back to his first round loss in 1999. “So far I’m really happy I played the clay-court season. I’m happy I was able to adjust again on the grass,” Federer said. “I came through Halle, the clay-court season, French Open, without any injuries, feeling good. I guess I would be ready for longer rallies. But am I seeking out to play longer rallies because I played the clay-court season? I don’t think so.”
Harris has moved up the rankings over 100 places in the past year but has found the transition to the main tour tough after excelling at Challenger level. He has gone 2-7 at main tour this level, only beating players that competed in qualifying on both occasions. The South African does have an aggressive game style but often struggles for consistency and can be extremely vulnerable if his serve is not working.
Despite a consensus that grass plays a lot more similarly to other surfaces these days, the second seed still believes they are very different. ” Maybe for some, they feel it’s not as far from hard. I think it’s still quite different, I think the movement requires different talents or different movement. I believe also the way the ball bounces, the way it takes the spins or not, I think is quite a change still.” he said. Federer still remains motivated and should find himself in the latter stages of the tournament, barring a huge shock
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets