Swiss tennis star Roger Federer admitted that he was lucky as he believes Adrian Mannarino should have won his first round match at Wimbledon. After taking the fourth set to force a decider, Mannarino decided to withdraw from the match.
Midway through the fourth set, Mannarino slipped on the grass and injured himself. "It's horrible," Federer said in an on-court interview. "He shows that a blow can change the result of a game, a season, a career.
I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so that we can see him again on the courts. He could have won the match in the end. Obviously he was the best player, so I was definitely a bit lucky. You don't have many stumbles throughout the race and you also try not to make it happen to yourself.
It is a reminder of how fast you go. But of course I'm obviously happy to get another chance for another match here. I worked really hard and in the end I enjoyed myself here today. It was a lot of fun until the end, obviously.
I tried to reduce the duration of the points a bit," Federer said. "I thought he found a good rhythm from the baseline. He is famous with that shovel backhand. He creates a lot of problems for so many players and today he did the same on the grass against me.
So I tried to maybe reduce the length of the stitches a bit. It worked well, and once I had the break, obviously, I was able to relax a bit and then it was all over. In the end, I thought it was a very high and low game overall."
Federer is fond of traveling and visiting new cities
Superstar Roger Federer is back again competing in the Grand Slam tournament that is closest to his heart at Wimbledon Championships 2021. After the event was canceled last year, the 39-year-old had been eagerly working on his fitness to be in prime condition in time for this magnanimous competition.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner stated, “I love playing tennis, I love traveling around the world and I don’t even mind training anymore. I didn’t like it when I was younger, but now I’ve really started to enjoy everything that goes with [tennis].
I love my family and I love the tennis tour and if I can combine those things, it makes me a really happy person”.