“My English Is Not Good Enough”: Roger Federer in a Funny Interview After Surviving Wimbledon Championships 2021 Scare

Published 06/29/2021, 2:48 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves court after winning his first round match against Fance’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Center-court crowd sure had fun over the past two days as two legendary tennis players – Andy Murray and Roger Federer, displayed their survival skills on-court to move into the second round at Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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While Murray won a four-set battled against Nikoloz Basilashvili yesterday, it was Federer’s turn to produce magic on one of his favorite courts. But, things didn’t look good for the Swiss Maestro as he was down by two sets to one when a determined Adrian Mannarino took command of the match.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his first round match against Fance’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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The crowd, on the other hand, were thoroughly entertained and rooted for the Swiss star to clinch the fourth set. After surviving an eight minute long service game, Federer was absolutely pumped and went to win the next three games.

The 20-time grand slam champion had a quick lead of 4-1 in the fourth set. But, his opponent, didn’t appear to give up as he held his service game to stay close in the contest.

Just when the fans were preparing themselves for an engrossing fifth set between the two players, a nasty fall from Mannarino on-court changed the dimensions completely.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Fance’s Adrian Mannarino reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from his first round match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“See him back on the courts”- Roger Federer wishes Mannarino quick recovery

The Frenchman was unable to compete further as he allowed Federer to win the fourth set and retired after a game was done in the fifth. It was weird to witness how the match ended as anything could have happened in the final set.

Talking about the match on-court, Roger Federer sympathized his opponent for that unfortunate fall.

Yeah, it’s awful. It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career. I wish him all the best and he recovers quickly so we see him back on the courts”.

The Swiss Maestro also admitted that Adrian Mannarino was the better player in the match. Just like the matchup, even the on-court interview from Federer had its own variations. However, it ended on a happy note as the Swiss star brought out his funny side to cheer up the crowd.

The interviewer quoted a famous saying ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ and asked Federer whether it was the case with him and Center-Court.

Sorry, I didn’t understand it. I heard something ‘absence’ and, I don’t know, my mind went blank. I don’t understand that saying. My English is not good enough”, Federer chuckled as the center crowd roared in applause.

“This would have been an absolute killer” – Federer

Good reminder my English is not very good. I think we’re all very happy, all the players, including all the fans and the organizers and everybody that we get a chance to be back on tour, especially here at Wimbledon. It would’ve been worst to have this tournament with no fans. This would have been an absolute killer, so, it’s such a privilege to play here”, concluded the 20-time grand slam champion.

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Even though Federer got a bit lucky towards the end, it was still a decent performance from the Swiss Maestro as he moves forward to the second round. However, issues on his serve and especially his forehand, will be the targets for his future opponents at SW19.

Roger Federer will most likely meet Richard Gasquet in the second-round.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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