Adrian Mannarino analyzed his straight-sets loss to Roger Federer in the fourth round of Wimbledon in a very deep way. The Frenchman lost 6-0 7-5 6-4, but the second and third sets were very balanced.
Last time, in Basel (4-6, 6-1, 6-3 loss) I played a little bit better and I won the first set. This time he was too strong at the beginning. He didn't make mistakes. I, maybe, did them but especially when I had to save break points', Mannarino recognized.
'He started strong. When you win so many points in a set (five over 30), it's because the other one doesn't make any error. Luckily, I was able to save break points at the beginning of the second set on my serve (it was 0-40) because if he was ahead that moment, it would have been very complicated for me.
It wasn't easy. Roger makes you work always, he forces you to play well all the time. I had 5-3 game points, but it was in the third set and he had already started well. Whatever happened, it would have been tough to change the situation.
I think he served very well when he was under pressure. I had a little chance at that moment but I had to fight to hold my serve more often than him. Points went very quick on his serve and I didn't feel the head outside water for three sets.
It was complicated, he did well. He played a very good match.' The first set lasted just 16 minutes, while the rest of the match lasted an hour and a half. ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I get just 15 Uniqlo shirts'