Federer survives great horror as Manarino retires from injury


London-8-time champion Roger Federer overcame a massive horror of Adrian Manarino before moving on to Wimbledon’s second round on Tuesday, when the French slipped on the court and retired with a knee injury. did.

The match was played 6–4 6–7 (3) 3–6 6–2, and Federer forced the fifth set before Manarino, celebrating his 33rd birthday, decided he couldn’t continue.

“That’s terrible,” Federer said in an interview in his courtroom. “It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, season or career. I wish him all the best and he will soon recover and return to the court. I hope you will come.

“He may have won the match last. Obviously, he was a good player, so I’m definitely a little lucky.”

The sixth-seeded Federer served with a 4-2 lead in the fourth set when 41st-placed Manarino slipped and twisted his right knee while trying to return.

The French were treated on the center court, dragged to complete the set, and then shook hands with Federer. Federer currently has a 7-0 record against him.

Manarino's knee injury
Fance’s Adrian Manarino and Roger Federer of Switzerland at Wimbledon 2021-the second day of the championship at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquette Club in London, England, on June 29, 2021 after being injured. React before retiring from the first round match of. (Peter Nicholls / Reuters)

“I don’t get a lot of walkovers throughout my career and I also try to prevent it from happening to myself,” Federer added. “It reminds me of how fast it goes, but of course I’m obviously happy to have another match chance here.

“I worked hard and finally enjoyed here today. Obviously, it was a lot of fun to the end.”

The 20 Grand Slam winners played in the match on Tuesday and lost only one set in the last six meetings with left-handed players, including three on Wimbledon’s well-kept lawn.

Wrong foot

Federer started with the wrong foot and dragged 0-40 in the opening game, but managed to hold the serve and soon found his groove and nimble footwork, putting some pressure on Manarino.

It wasn’t until his sixth break point on the opening set that the Swiss were finally able to turn, but he did it stylishly with a breathtaking backhand cross-court pass. I did.

The second set continued to serve before Federer completely lost control of the forehand with the tiebreaker, and four consecutive errors helped to level Manarino’s match.

Federer knows the All England Club like the back of his hand, but he played only eight games this year and rusted by missing most of 2020 after two knee surgeries began to appear in his game. there is.

After an early break exchange, Federer had difficulty landing his first serve and had more errors, so Manarino took a second break in the third set.

When Federer began to face the prospect of leaving Wimbledon in the opening round for the first time since 2002, the 20-time Major Champion responded by raising his game.

After saving a breakpoint to hold a serve in the opening game of the fourth set, Federer immediately jumped out of the 3-0 lead, saw the dominant player and decided before his opponent was injured on the course. Forced the set.

Federer, the oldest single draw, is 39 years old and will meet either Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Yuichi Sugita in the third round.

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