Roger Federer, a former world number one and eight-time Wimbledon champion, was a bit unlucky as he advanced to the second round after his French rival Adrian Manarino retired due to an injury at the end of the fourth set with a score of two sets. .
The 39-year-old, who won 20 Grand Slam titles, won the first set 6-4 before losing the next two 6-7 (3) and 3-6. He returned to win the fourth 6-2 in matches lasting two hours and 44 minutes.
World number 41 Manarino, who managed to reach the fourth set with the injury before pulling out, had slipped behind the baseline, leading to the injury. He also received knee treatment in court.
“It’s awful. It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a game, a season, a career,” Federer said after the game.
“I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so we can see him on the court again. He could have won the game at the end. He was obviously the better player, so I was definitely a little lucky,” Federer added.
Federer, who currently ranks eighth in the world, is watching his 21st Grand Slam title to escape Rafael Nadal, who also won 20 Grand Slam titles.
“You don’t get a lot of transitions during your career and you also try not to let it happen to you. It’s a reminder of how fast it goes. But of course, I’m obviously happy to get another chance for another game here. I worked a lot. I was having a lot of fun here today. It was obviously great fun until the end, “he told the Central Court.