Opening his 22nd Wimbledon campaign, Roger Federer plays against Adrian Mannarino in the opening round. Roger is back at his favorite tournament after a challenging period caused by a knee injury, playing only four events since February last year and hoping to get back at his best at the All England Club.
Three years ago, Roger and Adrian battled in the fourth round at Wimbledon, and Roger scored a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 triumph in an hour and 45 minutes to advance into the last eight. It was their sixth meeting and the sixth victory for the Swiss, who had lost only one out of 16 sets he played against the Frenchman up to that point!
Federer advanced to the quarters at Wimbledon for the 16th time and earned the 95th win at his favorite Major and 32 straight sets since 2017. Unlike in the previous matches against Dusan Lajovic, Lukas Lacko and Jan-Lennard Struff, Roger had to play against break points, but he saved all four to keep his serve intact and send the pressure on the other side of the net.
Mannarino couldn't challenge the great rival in the opening set, losing it without a game on his tally before raising his level after that to stay in touch with Roger in sets two and three. The opener lasted just 16 minutes, and Roger won 25 out of 30 points to dominate on both serve and return and wrap it up in no time.
Mannarino couldn't do anything with his initial shot, winning one point in three service games and dropping 20 out of the first 22 points to be outplayed by his mighty opponent.
Three years ago, Roger Federer defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.
The Frenchman finally started to play better in game six when he earned a break point, the first that Roger had to play against at Wimbledon that year, but the Swiss won three points in a row to bring the opener home in no time.
Mannarino never found his rhythm, spraying too many errors and finding it hard to resist Roger's powerful serves and groundstrokes in what was another textbook set of grass-court tennis from the eight-time champion. Federer had five service winners and seven from the field, keeping the points on his racquet and finding an open space to place his shots that stayed out of Mannarino's reach.
On the other hand, Roger made just four errors, and the pressure was entirely on his rival, who couldn't deal with it. Adrian managed to hit just one winner in the second point of the match when Roger failed to return his serve, and that was all we saw from him after hitting 13 mistakes and losing 16 straight points between the second and the sixth games!
The Frenchman saved six break points in set number two before Federer finally broke him at 5-5 and closed the set with a hold at love a few minutes later. Roger had to work even harder in set number three, fending off three break points in game eight to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard.
He broke Adrian in game nine to move 5-4 up and wrapped up the triumph with a hold at love in the next one for a place in the last eight.