Rapid Fire and Masterful Precision: Roger Federer's 16-Minute Bagel

Federer needed 16 minutes to win the opening set against Adrian Mannarino at Wimbledon 2018

by Jovica Ilic
Rapid Fire and Masterful Precision: Roger Federer's 16-Minute Bagel

Roger Federer debuted at Wimbledon in 1999. Two decades later, the Swiss maestro was a walking legend at the All England Club, winning eight titles and feeling hungry for more. Federer made a flying start at Wimbledon 2018, playing as the defending champion and racing into the quarter-final.

Roger won 35 consecutive points behind the initial shot against Lukas Lacko in the second round and produced another masterclass two rounds later versus Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss ousted the Frenchman 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 45 minutes, advancing into the Wimbledon quarter-final without losing a set for the fourth time.

Roger destroyed Adrian in the opening set, winning 25 out of 30 points and earning a bagel in 16 minutes! The defending champion took charge on serve and return and delivered one of his most impressive sets at his beloved Major.

Mannarino, a fine grass-courter himself, could not do anything with his initial shot. He won one point in three service games and dropped 21 of the first 23 points for the worst start! Adrian raised his level a bit in the sixth game, with Roger playing against the first break point that week!

The Swiss denied it and claimed three straight points to bring the set home and produce a bagel in no time. Adrian never found his rhythm, spraying too many errors and finding it hard to resist Roger's powerful serves and groundstrokes in another textbook set of grass-court tennis for an eight-time champion.

Roger had five service winners and seven from the field. He kept the points on his racquet and found an open space to place shots that stayed out of Mannarino's reach.

Roger Federer earned a bagel versus Adrian Mannarino in 16 minutes at Wimbledon 2018.

On the other hand, Roger made just four errors, and the pressure was entirely on his rival, who could not deal with it.

Adrian hit just one winner in the encounter's second point when Roger failed to return his serve. However, that was all we saw from him, hitting 13 errors and losing 16 straight points between the second and the sixth games!

Eight points went beyond the fifth stroke, with most rallies landing in the shortest range up to four shots. Roger had a clean 14-3 advantage in them, delivering controlled aggression that disarmed his opponent. Federer fired 12 winners and four errors, thundering and keeping Mannarino on one winner and 13 mistakes!

The number of shots per point and the winners-errors ratio:

Roger Federer Adrian Mannarino Wimbledon