“I think I have a little advantage that I actually spent some time with him – I’m the only player he’s ever met,” said Federer.
“Then you have a little head start in who is your favourite player. I saw him recently at the parent’s house.”
Andy Murray’s return to Wimbledon after a two-year absence was relegated to the red button and BBC4 on Thursday night as live coverage on BBC2 stayed with the Rafa Nadal – Nick Kyrgios classic.
On the day Frank Lampard was unveiled at Stamford Bridge, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was enjoying his trip to Wimbledon.
He watched Portuguese No.1 Joao Sousa reach the third round and watched Andy Murray train along with Romeo Beckham.
But Mourinho saved his warmest words for Rafa Nadal. “He’s incredible,” said the former Real Madrid coach.
“I’m happy he didn’t but I think he could also have been a fantastic football player.
“His uncle was my player at Barcelona in 1996. I know that Rafa can play football very well.
“With his physicality, his mentality, with his skill he could be.
“But thankfully for tennis, he is what he is.”
It is not know when he caught up with PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi – the former Qatari No.1 and world No.995 – who was in the Royal Box.
Ash Barty’s parents watched her French Open triumph with relatives in Nottingham last month. But the Aussie was not opening up about her proud English heritage before facing British No.4 Harriet Dart tomorrow.
“I know very little to be honest,” said the world No.1. “Grandma and Grandpa came to Australia a few years ago now. Haven’t really spoken to them much about it.”
Bernard Tomic the tank engine was hit with the biggest fine in Wimbledon history yesterday when he was docked the £45,000 he “earned” losing in 58 minutes in the first round.
A Wimbledon statement said: “It is the opinion of the Referee that the performance of Bernard Tomic in his first round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not meet the required professional standards.”
Cori Gauff is now the 8-1 fourth favourite to win the Wimbledon women’s singles title – ahead of former champions Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova – after winning only two Grand Slam matches.
But even after beating Venus Williams, Cori Gauff admitted she still gets star-struck. The 15-year-old American sensation followed up her opening round win with the first victory under the Court 1 roof in the second round. She even got extra press by stealing Jay Clarke from Harriet Dart in the mixed doubles.
“I wasn’t expecting any of this,” she said. “A lot of celebrities were DM’ing, posting me. I’m kind of star struck. It’s been hard to reset. I can’t even name them, so many of them. It’s just, like, a lot going on right now.”
So what advice did she get from her parents and coaches? “The tournament’s not over. Don’t focus too much on what happened. My goal is to win it.”
Marcos Baghdatis knelt down to kiss the turf on Court 2 during an emotional standing ovation after his final match before retirement last night. His Italian opponent Matteo Berrettini, who won their second-round tie in straight sets, led the applause for the popular Cypriot wildcard who reached the semi-finals here in 2004.