'I had goosebumps': South African hails idol Federer

Lloyd Harris (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
Lloyd Harris (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

London - As a 10-year-old, Lloyd Harris sat on Centre Court at Wimbledon to watch his idol Roger Federer.

Twelve years later, he swapped his seat high up in the stands for a place on the court where he gave the eight-time champion a huge scare before losing their first round clash, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday.

"I was 10 and it was the first time I had seen a pro tennis match," recalled Harris.

"My parents snuck us on to Centre Court and I saw Federer play Marat Safin.

"I thought it was amazing seeing these guys moving and the way they played. Here I am, playing him a few years later."

Two-time major winner Safin was always a crowd favourite but for Harris, seeing the Swiss star win that fourth round match in 2005 was key to his decision to become a tennis player.

"Federer was always my idol. He was beautiful with finesse and the best role model for players," said the world number 86 who was making his Wimbledon debut.

Despite losing and with his chances compromised by a left calf injury, Harris will remember his Centre Court debut for years to come.

"I had goosebumps when I walked on," he said.

"The crowd was cheering loudly and I had to take a few seconds to absorb it."

Harris said the reaction to him playing the eight-time Wimbledon champion and 20-time major winner had been overwhelming - both before and after the match.

"It was chaos. I have never got so many messages. I got thousands of messages from people I know and from people I don't know."

Wimbledon results on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Sam Querrey (USA) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT x5) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-0

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Christian Garín (CHI) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4

John Millman (AUS) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Laslo Djere (SRB x31) bt Guido Andreozzi (ARG) 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Gilles Simon (FRA x20) bt Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-2

Tennys Sandgren (USA) bt Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Márton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Dennis Novak (AUT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA x12) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x13) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

João Sousa (POR) bt Paul Jubb (GBR) 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (8/10), 6-1

Dan Evans (GBR) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x18) bt James Ward (GBR) 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 8-6

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x29) 7-6 (7/0), 6-4, 6-3

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (12/10), 0-6, 6-1

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

Alex De Minaur (AUS x25) bt Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER x33) bt Radu Albot (MDA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Pablo Andújar (ESP) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

John Isner (USA x9) bt Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x17) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Dominik Koepfer (GER) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (11/9), 6-1

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x24) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Lucas Pouille (FRA x27) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Grégoire Barrère (FRA) bt Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

Jay Clarke (GBR) bt Noah Rubin (USA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Women

First round

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) bt Saisai Zheng (CHN) 6-4, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Harriet Dart (GBR) bt Christina McHale (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) bt Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP x26) 6-4, 6-4

Alison Riske (USA) bt Donna Vekic (CRO x22) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Ivana Jorovic (SRB) bt Lesley Kerkhove (NED) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

Belinda Bencic (SUI x13) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-3

Serena Williams (USA x11) bt Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 6-2, 7-5

Kaja Juvan (SLO) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Varvara Flink (RUS) bt Paula Badosa (ESP) 6-4, 6-2

Julia Goerges (GER x18) bt Gabriela Ruse (ROU) 7-5, 6-1

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP x30) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-2, 7-5

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 5-0 - retired

Lauren Davis (USA) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-3, 6-2

Angelique Kerber (GER x5) bt Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-4, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x4) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 6-3, 6-2

Taylor Townsend (USA) bt Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-2, 6-3

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Katie Swan (GBR) 6-2, 6-4

Barbora Zahlavova (CZE) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR x32) 6-3, 6-2

Elise Mertens (BEL x21) bt Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6-2, 6-0

Monica Niculescu (ROU) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Tamara Zidansek (SLO) bt Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 6-3, 5-7, 8-6

Wang Qiang (CHN x15) bt Vera Lapko (BLR) 6-2, 6-2

Sloane Stephens (USA x9) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-2, 6-4

Wang Yafan (CHN) bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-2, 7-5

Katerina Siniaková (CZE) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

Johanna Konta (GBR x19) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 7-5, 6-2

Amanda Anisimova (USA x25) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 6-3, 6-3

Magda Linette (POL) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-0, 7-6 (11/9)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2

Petra Kvitova (CZE x6) bt Ons Jabeur (TUN) 6-4, 6-2

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