Former world No. 1 Roger Federer admitted that he was lucky during his Wimbledon opener as he thought that Adrian Mannarino should have won their match. Mannarino was up by two sets to one before he slipped on the grass midway through the fourth and injured himself.
After losing the fourth set, Mannarino retired the match. "It’s awful," said Federer, in an on-court interview. "It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career. I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so we see him back on the courts.
He could have won the match at the end. Obviously he was the better player, so I definitely got a bit lucky. "You don’t get many walkovers throughout a career and you try also not to have it happen to yourself. It’s a reminder how quickly it goes.
But of course, I’m obviously happy I can get another chance for another match here. I worked very hard and at the end I enjoyed myself out here today. It was great fun until the end, obviously."
Federer gave more credit to Mannarino
"I tried to cut down the length of points a little bit," said Federer.
"I thought he found a nice groove from the baseline. He’s famous with that shovel backhand. He creates a lot of problems for so many players and he did the same again today on the grass against me. That’s why I tried to maybe cut down on the length of points a little bit.
"It worked well, and once I got the break, obviously, I was able to maybe loosen up a little bit up and then everything ended. At the end, it was a very up and down match overall I thought. We were both… trying to figure out who could enjoy the baseline a little bit more than the other.
But I felt like I had to adjust my game more than he had to, and that was credit to him of course." Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev handed a straight-set defeat to Tallon Griekspoor to reach the second round. “It is great to see everything slowly going back to normal.
The moment I walked out onto this court made me very happy, to see all the people here,” Zverev said. “I felt comfortable on the court. It is great we have a roof on court one now. ”Wimbledon is such a historic tournament, and they keep on improving, trying to make it better for the players and the public, and that is why everyone loves this tournament”.