Roger Federer's Wimbledon debut was taking on traumatic contours. The Swiss tennis player was in two sets to one against the French Mannarino and his body was sending signals that were anything but encouraging with the fans preparing for the worst.
In the fourth set Roger had a reaction of pride and seemed ready to close when the Frenchman slipped, thus closing his race early. In fact Federer managed to close the set but Mannarino did not even start the fifth set (only a 15) which was forced to retire from the tournament.
A Federer to be reviewed but who fortunately for his fans will still be able to stay in the tournament. At the press conference, the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments talked about many topics and in particular his performance against the Frenchman.
Federer leads Richard Gasquet by a whopping 18-2 margin
Emerging Belgian player Alison Van Uytvanck couldn’t go past seasoned Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in her opening-round clash at Wimbledon Championships 2021 but did win wholesome applause from the crowd with some stunning shotmaking.
Ultimately, the superior experience and skill-sets of the Ukrainian World No.5 proved decisive in the end as Svitolina eventually prevailed in three sets. Though coming out on the losing side in the end, Van Uytvanck left the spectators agape on Court 1 with some scarcely believable shots.
One that stood out was a forehand slice a la Roger Federer that left the crowd and commentators on air in awe and her opponent utterly stupefied. The Belgian later shared a clip of that incredible moment on Twitter, saying she picked up the shot after watching Roger Federer play that particular slice with great success.
Van Uytvanck tagged the clip with a post saying, “After watching @rogerfederer doing this, I thought I will try that as well”. Roger Federer leads Richard Gasquet by a whopping 18-2 margin in the head-to-head. Federer has won his last 10 matches against the Frenchman and has beaten him twice at Wimbledon before (2006 and 2007).
This is a match for the tennis purists, given the delightful wristwork and racket skills both players possess. While Federer is undoubtedly the superior player, his form is questionable and Gasquet will fancy his chances of causing an upset.
Federer will have to be wary of Gasquet's one-handed backhand as well as the 35-year-old's net-play, which can be exquisite at times. While most players would fall back on the backhand slice before approaching the net at All England, Federer often produces the forehand variant to bamboozle his opponents.