Roger turns 21?
While the attention is focused elsewhere, down at the very bottom of the bottom half of the draw sits a bloke who has seen it all before. Roger Federer, he of the eight Wimbledon titles and 20 Grand Slam titles in all, will set off on his 21st challenge for the Wimbledon title against Lloyd Harris from South Africa.
You can only hope that Rodge has access to more detailed information than the rest of us because after much trawling through the records, it would appear that Lloyd, the world No.87, doesn’t have much of a pedigree on grass.
In fact, he seems to have played only one match on the green stuff – and lost it – which will not help settle his nerves as he takes on the No.2 seed who, for those interested in stats and numbers, is unbeaten on grass this year (he won in Halle) and has played 207 grass court matches over the years, winning 181 of them and has won 19 titles on the surface. Good luck, Lloyd.
The Mighty Fed is also in a quarter of the draw not densely populated with natural grass courters. He is seeded to meet Rafa in the semi-finals, should Rafa get past Kyrgios in the second round (see above) which will be a rerun of their Roland Garros semi-final. That was played at Rafa’s home-from-home; this time it will be on Rodge’s home-from-home. Pick the bones out of that one.