Roger Federer had just completed a post-final Wimbledon press conference at a tournament he won a record eight times. Another year of triumph in the men’s singles. Which one I cannot recall. I had the briefest of words with him as he made his way through the crowd of media, graciously accepting congratulations from any individual breaking the professional rule for remaining totally objective. Embarrassingly, I’d felt a compulsion to fracture it further by asking him for his signature. Loathe taking advantage of my privileged position, but, to my shame and something I’m far from proud about, was overwhelmed enough to do so.