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Roger Federer has conceded that he was lucky to advance to the Wimbledon 2021 second round after opponent Adrian Mannarino retired after the fourth set of their first-round clash.
The eight-times Wimbledon champion was nowhere near his best against Mannarino, who in turn was excellent.
Federer offered a typically classy response when asked to reflect on Mannarino’s retirement.
“It’s awful,” Federer said in the immediate aftermath.
“It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, of a season, of a career.
“I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so we can see him back on the courts.
“He could have won the match at the end obviously – he was the better player – so I definitely got a bit lucky.”
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