Roger Federer wins first match at Wimbledon 2019

“You’d rather play Federer than Nadal or Djokovic” says Grand Slam winner Wilander

For any British player drawn against one of the Big 3 at Wimbledon Eurosport’s tennis analyst Wilander says that given the choice, Federer would be the one you want to face


Roger Federer may have won Wimbledon 8 times but Mats Wilander thinks he would be the preferred choice for any British player at Wimbledon rather than Novak Djokovic or Rafa Nadal. Wilander was commenting for Eurosport on the 2nd round Wimbledon clash between young British hopeful Jay Clarke and tennis legend Roger Federer.

Wilander said, “It is huge for Jay Clarke, though, and he’ll be looking forward to it. It’s tricky for the Brits when they play the top guys here – are you playing to win or are you playing to save face? If you don’t play to win against Federer then you are going to look like you can never compete. However, you’d rather play Federer than Nadal or Djokovic at this stage if you had to choose.”

Federer won his first match at Wimbledon 2019 yesterday when he beat South African Lloyd Harris will now play on Thursday against Clarke. Federer is gunning for an incredible 9th mens singles title at Wimbledon and is breaking numerous records along the way.


Federer and Clarke have never met before and in fact this is Clarke’s first ever main draw appearance at a Slam courtesy of a wild card from the LTA. His world ranking is at a career high of 158 but this wasn’t enough to see him win a place in the main draw on merit.

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