Roger Federer survives big scare at Wimbledon as Mannarino retires injured

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Fance's Adrian Mannarino reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from his first round match against Switzerland's Roger Federer
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Roger Federer, the No. 6 seed of the tournament, survived a massive scare against Adrian Mannarino before advancing to the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday when the Frenchman retired with a knee injury after slipping on the grass court.

The match was poised at 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-2 with the eight-time Wimbledon champion forcing a fifth set before Mannarino, who was celebrating his 33rd birthday on Tuesday, decided he could not continue.

Federer was serving with a 4-2 lead in the fourth set when the 41st-ranked Mannarino slipped while attempting a return and twisted his right knee.

The Frenchman received medical attention on Centre Court and limped back to complete the set before shaking hands with Federer, who now has a 7-0 head-to-head record against him.

Federer, at 39, is the oldest man in the draw at this year’s grass-court Grand Slam. He will meet either Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Yuichi Sugita of Japan for a place in the third round.

Updated odds to win Wimbledon 2021

  • Novak Djokovic (-170)
  • Daniil Medvedev (+700)
  • Matteo Berrettini (+1200)
  • Roger Federer (+1400)
  • Alexander Zverev (+2100)
  • Andrey Rublev (+3800)
  • Andy Murray (+5500)
  • Felix Auger Aliassime (+5500)
  • Marin Cilic (+5500)
  • Aslan Karatsev (+7000)
  • Denis Shapovalov (+7000)
  • Nick Kyrgios (+7000)
  • Frances Tiafoe (+8000)
  • Lorenzo Musetti (+8500)
  • Roberto Bautista Agut (+8500)
  • Ugo Humbert (+8500)

Odds courtesy of FanDuel

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