Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer survives 1st set wobble to sail into 2nd round

first_imgWimbledon 2019: Roger Federer survives 1st set wobble to sail into 2nd round8-times champion Roger Federer was expected to ease past Wimbledon debutant Lloyd Harris but losing the 1st set made his wait longer to ease into the 2nd roundadvertisement Reuters LondonJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 22:19 IST Roger Federer soakes in the applause after his 1st round win at Wimbledon (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat Lloyd Harris 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match of WimbledonFederer has won the trophy for a record 8 times alreadyIf Federer goes on to win the title this year, it will push his Grand Slam title tally to 21Roger Federer set pulses racing for around 40 minutes on Tuesday as Wimbledon debutant Lloyd Harris threatened to overthrow the established order before eventually succumbing to a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 first round defeat.Contesting his 108th match at the All England Club, the eight-times champion had been expected to ease to his 96th win at the grasscourt major considering he was facing an opponent who had yet to win a match on the green stuff.However, the South African, wearing a back-to-front baseball cap, came out swinging to break the mighty Federer serve in the sixth game and held on to the advantage to seal the first set when the Swiss swiped a backhand long.When Federer fired a double fault in the first game of the second set and followed that up by netting an easy volley, the gasps grew louder on Centre Court.But if Harris harboured any hopes that this might be the day when he will embark on a journey that would allow him to emulate the 1951 feat of American Dick Savitt, who was the last man to win the Challenge Cup on his Wimbledon debut, his dreams were crushed brutally over the next three sets.The second seed dropped only five further games as he sealed victory with his ninth ace to set up a meeting with either American qualifier Noah Rubin or British wildcard Jay Clarke.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem knocked out after shock 1st-round defeat to Sam QuerreyAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff ready to prove that win over Venus Williams was not one-offadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger Federer Nextlast_img

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