The 39-year-old Roger Federer is through to his 18th Wimbledon quarter-final, stopping the clock and finding the form at one of his favorite tournaments. Roger scored wins over Adrian Mannarino, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego for his best streak since the Australian Open 2020. Federer faced Mannarino and Sonego under the roof, and he played well in those conditions, although it’s not easy for him to adjust and get efficient behind his serve and groundstrokes. Comparing different conditions after beating Sonego, Federer revealed it wasn’t easy for him to play against Mannarino under the roof in the opening round, as he struggled to find the pace and endure the baseline rallies. Roger defeated Adrian 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours and 42 minutes, with the Frenchman retiring at the beginning of the fifth set due to a knee injury. The Frenchman played well to open two sets to one lead before a nasty fall in set number four that crushed his dreams of beating an eight-time champion on his birthday!
The Swiss fired 53 winners and 45 unforced errors and converted four out of 13 break chances to hang in there and keep himself in contention with reliable performance in set number four before Adrian’s injury. Federer didn’t look that good in the previous sets, though, not trusting his strokes and failing to impose his shots and drive Mannarino out from the comfort zone. Roger fired a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-4 to grab a break and secure the first set. Mannarino played better in set number two, taming his strokes nicely and keeping Federer away from the break chances.
Roger Federer spoke about his first-round Wimbledon victory over Adrian Mannarino.
Roger survived two break opportunities in the fifth game and fought well despite many errors to reach a tie break. Adrian made a strong start with three return points and closed it with a service winner at 6-3 to lock the overall result at 1-1. The Frenchman seized both chances on the return in the third set and closed it with three rock-solid service games to move in front and closer to a surprise. Federer bounced back to gain a 4-2 lead in the fourth set before Mannarino slipped in the second point of the seventh game to injure his knee and ruin his chances. Roger grabbed another break in the eighth game to close the set, and the Frenchman retired at the beginning of the fifth, unable to move or challenge an eight-time champion for an entire set.
“When you play indoors, it’s just much slower. I think that was definitely one of the reasons I struggled against Mannarino. On top of it, he got the upper hand from the baseline. It’s just amazing the difference an indoor and an outdoor situation can do. You would think that indoors is easier to ace, but I don’t feel it’s the case. I feel like you have to put extra power in your shots so that something happens,” Roger Federer said.