Federer survives big scare as Mannarino retires injured

LONDON   –   Roger Federer survived a major scare thanks to an unfortunate injury to opponent Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Wimbledon. 

The Frenchman was two sets to one up and a break down in the fourth against a rusty Federer when he slipped under the Centre Court roof and hurt his right knee. Mannarino tried to continue but was severely hampered and, after losing the fourth set while barely able to serve, called it quits to Federer at 6-4 6-7 (3) 3-6 6-2.

Sebastian Korda reflected on a “crazy” few days after following up his sister’s first golf major title with a victory on his Wimbledon debut. Korda overcame 15th seed Alex De Minaur 6-3 6-4 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5), just two days after big sister Nelly triumphed at the Women’s PGA Championship and became world number one. 

Korda, 20, whose other sister Jessica is also a top 20 golfer, admitted: “The last few days have been pretty crazy. “My sister winning her first major and now at number one in the world is incredible, she’s 22 and already doing crazy stuff and it’s inspirational. But it’s my first Wimbledon and I’m having a lot of fun as well.” 

Controversial Frenchman Benoit Paire received a code violation for a lack of effort and was heckled by a supporter as he crashed out in round one. Argentinian ninth seed Diego Schwartzman resumed 6-3 6-4 ahead following Monday’s rain, and dispatched the seemingly disinterested Paire in 16 minutes, 6-0 in the third. A supporter was heard to shout ‘you’re wasting everybody’s time’ from the stands on Court Two, while umpire Mohamed Lahyani issued a warning. Paire has continually voiced his frustration about life in the tennis coronavirus bubble.

Andy Murray beat the 32-year-old 6-3 6-2 at Queen’s Club on his comeback a fortnight ago and described the match as not ‘particularly taxing’. Schwartzman plays Britain’s Liam Broady in round two. Fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany is safely through after beating Tallon Griekspoor of Holland 6-3 6-4 6-1.

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