It was the stuff of his childhood fantasy and on Tuesday South African tennis player Lloyd Harris' boyhood dreams came true.
The 22-year-old Capetonian took on his idol, world Number 3 Roger Federer on centre court at Wimbledon.
He spoke to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the experience.
At 10 years old watching these guys... I thought one day that's what I want to do and there I was yesterday 12 years later playing against the greats on the centre stage.— Lloyd Harris, South African tennis player
I realised damn, this is my opportunity, all I need to do is hold serve twice.— Lloyd Harris, South African tennis player
I felt pumped and excited and felt like I really had a good chance out there.— Lloyd Harris, South African tennis player
Despite eventually losing 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to the eight-time Wimbledon champion, Harris says there's certainly no animosity between the pair and that Federer proved his sportsmanship after the game.
He congratulated me on a fantastic match and was asking if I'm OK and wishing me luck for the rest of the season.— Lloyd Harris, South African tennis player
Listen to the full interview with Harris here:
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