The Centre Court crowd surely had a blast over the past two days as two legendary tennis players, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, showed off their survival skills on the court to advance to the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. When Murray won a four-set battle against Nikoloz Basilashvili yesterday, it was Federer’s turn to produce magic on one of his favorite courts. But things were not looking good for the Swiss master, as he was two sets to one down when a determined Adrian Mannarino took command of the match. The crowd, meanwhile, was highly entertained and encouraged for the Swiss star to take the fourth set. After surviving an eight-minute long service game, Federer was absolutely thrilled and won the next three games. The 20-time Grand Slam champion had a quick 4-1 lead in the fourth set. But, his opponent, he didn’t seem to give up as he kept up his service game to stay close in the competition. Just as the fans were preparing for a fascinating fifth set between the two players, a nasty fall by Mannarino on the court changed the dimensions completely. The Frenchman was unable to continue competing as he allowed Federer to win the fourth set and withdrew after finishing a game in the fifth. It was strange to witness how the match ended as anything could have happened in the final set. Speaking about the match on the court, Roger Federer sympathized with his opponent for that unfortunate fall. “Yes, it is horrible. Show that one shot can change the outcome of a game, a season, a race. I wish him all the best and he is recovering fast so I can see him on the slopes again. The Swiss master also admitted that Adrian Mannarino was the best player of the match. Like the showdown, even Federer’s on-court interview had its own variations. However, it ended on a happy note when the Swiss star brought out the funny side of him to cheer up the crowd. The interviewer quoted a famous saying: “Absence makes love grow” and asked Federer if that was the case with him and center court. “Sorry, I didn’t understand. 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 laughed as the crowd in the center cheered loudly. “This would have been an absolute killer.”
Federer stormed into the last-16 of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships
During the on-court interview, Roger Federer mentioned it was a special feeling to compete at a high level in the last Grand Slam before he turns 40. Having played a handful of matches over the last year and a half, Federer has gone from strength to strength over his last three matches. “I guess this is one is special because I’m almost 40. This is the last Slam before I hit the big 40. It’s all a bonus, and we’ll see how far I can go here,” said Federer. Up next, Federer faces Italy’s 26th-ranked Lorenzo Sonego to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the All England Club. In fact, the upcoming clash would be Federer’s 69th Grand Slam fourth round appearance, a huge testament to his consistency.