Roger Federer Wimbledon practice draws bigger crowd than British players!


ROGER FEDERER is Wimbledon's biggest crowd favorite - and even his practice session drew a massive crowd to one of the outside courts.

Having been scheduled last on Centre Court, Federer booked a 1.30pm time slot to practise ahead of his third-round match against Jan-Lennard Struff.

The 36-year-old was escorted to Court 9 along with his coach Ivan Ljubicic where a number of adoring fans were already waiting for him.

And the crowd around the Swiss' hitting session quickly swelled - distracting the Wimbledon faithful even from two of their own!

Ken and Neal Skupski, the British doubles pairing, were already two sets up against Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer when Federer arrived on the court adjacent to their match.

But even as the third set went into a tie-break, the SW19 crowds were more interested in watch the eight-time men's singles champion warm up for his third-round match.

Federer spent 30 minutes on court in total in temperatures of up to 30 degrees, but looked completely comfortable with the heat.

However, he was warned a few minutes later that even if he beats Struff, No 8 seed Kevin Anderson should be a man to fear in the quarter-finals next week.

“He has a big game,” said Philipp Kohlschreiber after losing to Anderson in the fourth round.

“I think most is self-belief, especially with him.

Roger Federer will be in Centre Court action this afternoon

“We don't speak a lot but I think he's kind of a guy who he likes to be for himself and for his own team.

“I think if he believes [he can] beat Roger on grass, I think he can do it, because the game is big. He's serving well.

“I think I'm a pretty good returner, but maybe Roger is serving better than me, but it comes to the close points.

“If you have the self-belief, then everything is possible.”

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