Roger Federer
Roger Federer is all smiles during the practice sessions prior to the commencement of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Getty Images

Roger Federer takes on Paolo Lorenzi in the first round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the No. 1 Court of the All England Club, London, on Tuesday.

Where to Watch Live

The play is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Radio commentary of the game is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Live scores, regular updates, radio commentary and the live streaming link will be available on Wimbledon's official website.


Participating in the tournament for the 16<sup>th time in his career, Federer is on the hunt to win the crown for a record eighth title. Seeded fourth this year, the Swiss maestro suffered a shock exit in the second round in 2013 at the hands of Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner will be hoping to avoid an early exit and comes into this competition on the back of successfully defending his Gerry Weber Open title in Halle. Federer has 67 victories at this ground and will be keen on snatching the title from home favourite and defending champion Andy Murray.

The 32-year-old's opponent in the first round is Paolo Lorenzi, who is placed at no 83 in ATP rankings. The Italian, also 32, has never won a single match in the main draws of any Grand Slam event. He lost out to Frenchman Kenny de Schepper last year in straight sets in his opening match.

Federer is undoubtedly the favourite to progress into the next round and will be putting his skills to the test against the winner of the clash between qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and world no 46 Julien Benneteau of France.


Federer is competing against Lorenzi for the first time in any competition.

What They Say

Roger Federer: "I feel like I'm a contender for the tournament. I feel like if things click here, I should be able to win the tournament. This year I feel all the options are there: return, serve, serve and volley, my backhand - everything is working to my liking. For that reason, I feel I'm a bit more relaxed mentally because I know it is there. I think [Halle] helped me in that I know that things are good on grass. I'm not coming in from a bad [grass opener], which would have left more question marks. I think Halle was able to settle things down for me."