LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- NBA star Kobe Bryant was in the Center Court crowd at Wimbleon on Friday to witness the longest three-set match in the Open Era when Swiss Roger Federer played Juan Martin Del Potro from Argentina.
The LA Lakers shooting guard, who was paying his first visit to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, came to see Federer against Del Potro and cheer on his compatriot Serena Williams.
But Bryant had to wait nearly four-and-a-half hours for the first match on Center Court to finish, Federer eventually winning 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 to reach his first gold-medal match in men's singles.
"For me it was great to be a part of history and see that match," said Bryant, who would never normally get the chance to visit Wimbledon for the championships as it clashes with the NBA season in the USA.
He said Williams had "an incredible chance" to win gold and when asked about his own Olympic experience he said: "We're winning so it's all good right now."