WATCH: Roger Federer’s Amazing Act of Sportsmanship Against Adrian Mannarino at Wimbledon 2021

Published 06/29/2021, 2:36 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 26, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele


Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino were involved in a tight tussle on Centre Court. The left-hander was producing extremely high levels of tennis and Roger was, well, just being Roger. Everything suggested that the match would be fought in a deciding set until Mannarino had a horrific fall.

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Both players throwing jab for jab

Federer started the match in fine style, with his fast hands proving to be a menace for Mannarino. The Swiss maestro took the opening set 6-4 after breaking late in the second. Both players had opportunities to consolidate a lead in the match but failed on several occasions.

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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

As the First Round match went on, the French player only got better, playing much flatter and faster. His serve was more lethal, causing troubles for Federer from a wide angle. In what was a rare sight at Wimbledon, Federer looked to be wrong-footed often. A deflated 6th seed conceded the second and third sets to an inspired Mannarino, 6-7(3) 3-6.

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Roger Federer fights back before Mannarino collapses

Resuming play in the penultimate set, Roger came out with a renewed spirit. He began striking the ball sweetly and was using the pace of the ball wonderfully. Up 4-2 in the fourth set, Federer was serving to keep himself up a break. At 15-15, Mannarino lost balance during the point and evidently, his knee buckled.

 

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As spectators were still grasping what had just happened, the Eight-time champion Federer walked over to the other side of the net and asked Adrian if he was okay. It was a sensational gesture from a sensational champion, and nobody was surprised by it.

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It was indeed a very unfortunate circumstance, but Roger Federer proved once again what a gentleman he is. He eventually took the fourth set 6-2 before Mannarino was forced to call it a day. Federer progressed to Round-2 where he will face another French player in Richard Gasquet.

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