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'I got a little lucky' admits Roger Federer as he gets Wimbledon walkover

Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2021

Roger Federer says he 'got a bit lucky' as he got past Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Wimbledon.

Federer was a long way short of his best as he made his return to Centre Court, but was able to advance due to an injury sustained by the Frenchman.

While leading by two sets to one, Mannarrino became the latest player to slip on the grass, hurting his knee in the process.

Despite trying to continue, it became absolutely apparent he was no longer able to serve and he retired hurt at 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-2.

“It’s awful," Roger Federer said when asked about Mannarino's injury.

"It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career.

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"I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers soon. He could have won the match, he was the better player, so I got a bit lucky.

“You don’t get many walkovers throughout a career. I’m obviously happy I can get another chance for a match here.

"I worked very hard and I enjoyed myself out here until the end.”

Federer will play veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round as he chases a ninth Wimbledon crown.

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