Roger Federer didn’t suffer an upset exit at Wimbledon in his 2019 opener, but the record eight-time champion gave his millions of fans frightened when he lost a set against a player who grew up idolizing him.
In his Wimbledon debut world No. 86 Lloyd Harris won the first set against the Swiss great before Federer sailed to success 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 opposite Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge.
But just how unexpected was dropping a set for Federer at the first obstacle at Wimbledon?
Since 2003, when the Swiss landed his first crown here, it was only the second time. In 2010 he came scarily close to exiting against Colombian left-hander Alejandro Falla.
Though, Federer was never in such threat against the lanky 22-year-old South African, who has never won a top-tier grass court match, especially after the coach looked for an evident leg injury ahead of the final set.
Yet the early fault Tuesday might lead some to doubt whether his deep run on the clay of the French Open last month will cost the soon-to-be 38-year-old later in the fortnight.
Because of wound or to prepare for Wimbledon, he hadn’t participated at the French Open since 2015.
It was Rafael Nadal – who won at Roland Garros to land an 18th major and close to within two of Federer.
He was the one who defeat Federer in the last four in storm like winds.