Roger Federer aiming to extend two incredible records in Wimbledon opener

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But Federer, the second seed, recovered to beat 22-year-old SW19 debutant Harris 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.

"It is the best I have felt since February", she said. "Lloyd played a good match", said Federer.

"I am too old to get into all this stuff".

Later a reporter asked her for a percentage in regards to how likely it was she would play with him.

Eight-time former champion, Switzerland's Roger Federer was one of the biggest - if not the biggest - seeded attractions on Tuesday at The Championships, at Wimbledon. As for what he hopes to pass down to his kids, the champ said he wants to teach them "everything I know and more".

But if Harris harbored any hopes that this might be the day when he will embark on a journey that would allow him to emulate the 1951 feat of American Dick Savitt, who was the last man to win the Challenge Cup on his Wimbledon debut, his dreams were brutally crushed over the next three sets. Cameron Norrie was also a straight-sets victor, beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, while Jay Clarke recovered from a set down to beat Noah Rubin 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.

Nishikori - whose best Grand Slam performance was reaching the 2014 US Open final - will play either experienced Uzbek Denis Istomin or Britain's Cameron Norrie in the second round.

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"I learned a lot from that match, just going to keep the momentum going".

Federer admitted it had taken time to get going against a far from over-awed opponent, who was hampered later on with a calf injury.

Third seed Rafael Nadal had a more straight forward first-round win than Federer, overcoming Japanese qualifier Yūichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Yet the early blemish Tuesday might lead some to wonder whether his deep run on the clay of the French Open last month will cost the soon-to-be 38-year-old later in the fortnight. "Did I go at him first or did his uncle come at me first?" he inquired.

Kerber beat compatriot Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-3 to set up a clash with America's Lauren Davis in round two.

"I wasn't thinking about it at all, to be honest", he said. The Frenchman won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against the brash Australian but more than the score-line itself, it was the time taken to complete the match that caught everyone's attention. "I think above all that is just fantastic".

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