Federer Wimbledon 2019

‘Sharing Centre Court with Federer was amazing’ Serb star on fulfilling a childhood dream

Dusan Lajovic has reflected on playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon against Roger Federer, and what it means to him as a player.

Dusan Lajovic faced off against Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2018 in the first round, losing to the Swiss in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4.

“Well, definitely playing Roger [Federer] in Centre Court,” the Serb said of his fondest Wimbledon memory in a Monte Carlo tournament press conference. “Because he’s got an incredible record there,” Lajovic added.

“Just to step on the court and share the court with him, it was one of the nicest things I had from that tournament.

“Also the whole environment and the whole atmosphere in the centre court where it’s really quiet once you step on it and start playing. It’s really a different feeling that we have normally.”

Wimbledon will take place for the first time since 2019 starting 28th June. With Lajovic currently ranked world No. 31, he is on course to compete at the 2021 edition provided he is fit. The Serb may even be seeded if he can maintain or improve his ranking.



“Obviously every tournament has its own tradition and everything, but for example, Wimbledon is one of my favourite tournaments, even though I didn’t have much success on grass,” Lajovic continued.

“One of my earliest books that I got was Wimbledon 1991. I think Stich won that year. When I was a kid, I was reading about this and watching the photos in the book.

“It definitely made a good impression when I stepped on that Centre Court. It’s good to relive your childhood dreams.”