Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:11

Staff Reporter.


Eight-time champion Roger Federer avoided a huge Wimbledon upset as injury robbed France's Adrian Mannarino of the chance to earn a memorable win.

Sixth seed Federer, 39, trailed 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 4-2 when Mannarino slipped and injured his knee.

The world number 41 battled on and lost the fourth set, then retired after one point in the decider.

A sympathetic Centre Court crowd gave a heartfelt ovation as Mannarino, on his 33rd birthday, limped off court.

"It is awful, it shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career. I wish him all the best," said Federer.

"I hope he recovers quickly and we see him back on the courts. He could have won the match."

The Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion will play France's Richard Gasquet or Japan's Yuichi Sugita in the second round.

Meanwhile British number one Dan Evans reached the second round of Wimbledon with a straight-set win over Feliciano Lopez.

Having had their match delayed by Monday's rain, 22nd seed Evans battled to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 7-5 victory.

The 31-year-old will next face either Dusan Lajovic of Serbia or Frenchman Gilles Simon.

"It was great. It's amazing to be back playing at Wimbledon again. I didn't realise it was going to be as busy," Evans said.

"I'm delighted to win. I played some good tennis.

"The first set I was probably a bit too into myself, once I let go a bit I really got rolling.

"It was a good mental effort."

Elsewhere World number six Alexander Zverev prevailed in straight sets in his opening match against the Netherlands' Tallon Griekspoor at Wimbledon.

The German fourth seed, 24, claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-1 win and will meet Slovakia's Norbert Gombos or American Tennys Sandgren in round two.

US Open finalist Zverev reached the French Open semi-final earlier in June.

Australian 15th seed Alex de Minaur was stunned by 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda in four sets, the world number 50 triumphing 6-3 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5).

And Argentine ninth seed Diego Schwartzman defeated an uninterested Benoit Paire 6-3 6-4 6-0.

The Frenchman was given a warning for unsporting conduct for not trying towards the end of the third set, and received whistles and jeers from the crowd for walking off and taking a seat in response.