Wimbledon 2014: Roger Federer v Gilles Muller match preview

A look ahead to the second round match in the men's singles

Roger Federer, also known as the king of grass-courts, returned to the All England Club for the 16 time in a row. The Swiss opened his campaign by defeating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in straight sets (6-1 6-1 6-) in just 93 minutes.

He will now take on Gilles Muller of Luxembourg who advanced to the second round of Wimbledon for the fourth time in his career after beating higher-ranked Julien Benneteau in three sets (6-4, 7-6, 7-6). He is Luxembourg’s most successful player in ATP history.

The two players have met three times before and the Swiss proved better on all occasions. It will be their first clash on the Wimbledon grass where Federer recorded a shock, second-round exit last year.
 

Federer is now campaigning for an unprecedented eighth title and Muller, ranked 103 will try to stop him and thus level his best Wimbledon performances (from 2005 and 2011).

START: Thursday, 3 match on Centre Court

PAST MEETINGS…

2008 - US Open (Hard) Q, Federer won 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

2005 – Bangkok (Hard) Q, Federer won 6-4 6-3

2005 – Indian Wells (Hard) R32, Federer won 6-3, 6-2

STATS…

Roger Federer won Wimbledon record (joined with Pete Sampras) seven times and has been the runner up on one occasion.

Federer dropped only five games in his first-round match while Muller did 16.

Wimbledon 2014 is Federer’s 61 Grand Slam. He has only lost in the second round once before (Wimbledon 2013)

ODDS…

Federer to win 1.04

Muller to win 9.0

TV: BBC ONE

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