Wimbledon review: Roger Federer wins first round match, beating Lloyd Harris

Roger Federer in action at Wimbledon
Roger Federer in action at Wimbledon

Lloyd Harris may still have never won a match on grass, but he will always be able to say he claimed the first set he played at Wimbledon on Centre Court, against Roger Federer.

The little-known South African briefly threatened a major shock on his maiden appearance at the All England Club.

It was only the second time anyone had taken a set off Federer in a first-round match in his last 17 Wimbledon appearances.

However, the eight-time champion recovered from that early blip with Harris winning just five more games in the match.

The 22-year-old, ranked 86 in the world, needed a medical time-out after the third set and had his calf heavily strapped.

Playing Federer is hard enough at the best of times, but Harris gamely carried on despite some obvious discomfort.

However, Federer had the finish line in sight and wrapped up a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory.

The Swiss 20-time grand slam winner will play Britain's Jay Clarke in round two.

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Clarke knew the potential prize at stake and went a set down but battled back impressively to win 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-4 and become the seventh home player to win a first-round match this year.

As well as a date with Federer, probably on Centre Court, Clarke's efforts also earned him the biggest pay day of his career, with a second-round spot worth £72,000.

Clarke, who grew up and still lives in inner city Derby, has spoken in the past of his family's financial struggles to support his tennis dreams.

Rubin, ranked 13 places below Clarke at 182, was one of the kinder draws the 20-year-old could have had but winning three matches in qualifying always deserves respect.

After losing the first set, Clarke looked like he might have blown his chance in the second when Rubin fought back from 5-1 down to level.

But Clarke broke serve again to make it one set all and faced only one break point in the third and fourth sets as he pressed home his advantage.

Clarke held his arms aloft after forcing a final error from Rubin before celebrating with his family in the stands.

Dream come true for Norrie

Cameron Norrie admits he never envisaged himself winning matches at Wimbledon when he was growing up.

The 23-year-old finally got his maiden victory at SW19 when he beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-4 6-4, having suffered first-round defeats in the last two years.

Growing up in New Zealand, the British number two did not watch much tennis so never shared the same dreams of playing at the All England Club that so many other professionals talk about.

But he has come to love his home grand slam and was delighted to get off the mark.

"I watched Wimbledon, but wasn't the biggest tennis fan kind of growing up," he said. "I watched a lot of other sports. I watched a lot of rugby just kind of growing up in New Zealand.

"I know Wimbledon is such a special tournament. I think all the players love it here, it is one of the best slams, for sure. Just the feeling of kind of being out there on the grass, all the courts have been taken so well care of. It's just a very special tournament.

"I didn't think I'd be winning matches at Wimbledon. So I'll definitely take that. I'm happy."

Norrie arrived at Wimbledon having been left seriously disappointed by his display at the French Open, where he lost to home qualifier Elliot Benchetrit, winning just five games.

He felt like he did not give it his all, and was not prepared to repeat that mistake at Wimbledon.

"I was disappointed, not because I lost, just kind of the way I didn't kind of battle for every point, I didn't feel kind of myself that day," he said. "That was the thing I was most disappointed for.

"It wasn't a great French Open for me, but definitely won't make that mistake again. I'll learn from it. I'm happy to get my first win in Wimbledon today. It was unbelievable. I think definitely it trumps the feeling - winning trumps the feeling of losing."

Rest of the action

Britain's Dan Evans was just too good for Federico Delbonis and sealed the match in straight sets, winning 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem was a high-profile first-round casualty.

The two-time French Open finalist, never the most comfortable of players on grass, went down 6-7 (4) 7-6 (1) 6-3 6-0 to former SW19 semi-finalist Sam Querrey.

James Ward became the first British player to lose, and in heartbreaking fashion after winning the opening two sets against 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Ward was looking for his first grand slam victory since Wimbledon in 2015 having battled back from a career-threatening knee injury and he looked in control of the match until dropping serve at 4-4 in the third set.

From there Basilashvili took the initiative and eventually ran out a 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 8-6 winner to set up a second-round clash with another British player, Dan Evans.

Ward hit a series of winners to break back for 5-5 in the deciding set but Basilashvili broke again to lead 7-6 and served out the victory at the second time of asking.

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