Wimbledon (H): Mannarino conjure le sort

Aurélie SACCHELLI, Media365, published on Monday June 27, 2022 at 7:17 p.m.

A year after being forced to retire in the first round of Wimbledon in the fifth set against Roger Federer, Adrian Mannarino qualified for the second round by beating Australia’s Purcell in five sets.

On June 29, 2021, his 33rd birthday, Adrian Mannarino challenged Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon. But while he was manhandling the Swiss, the Frenchman slipped on the wet grass and was forced to retire at the start of the fifth set. A year later, the 86th player in the world treated his knee, and he faced this Monday for his entry into the running the Australian qualifier Max Purcell (209th). Mannarino had all the trouble in the world to win, but he ended up doing it in 3:57 (6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4)which will allow him to be on the court again on Wednesday, for his 34th birthday.

Mannarino decisive at the best moment

Against this player he had never faced before, Adrian Mannarino served 15 aces (24 for his opponent) and had to defend 25 break points, but he only lost his service three times. He pocketed the first set thanks to a decisive break at 3-2, then the second by winning the tie-break 7-0 after saving five set points at 5-4 earlier in the round. Led two sets to nothing, the Australian started to play without restraint, and he pocketed the third set by breaking from the start, then the fourth by breaking at 2-2. Everything was decided in the last set, where Mannarino saved two entry break points, then three at 1-1 and another at 3-3. And finally, his first break point of the set turned out to be a match point, at 5-4, and the Frenchman converted it! After Quentin Halys and Ugo Humbert, here is a third Blue in the second round. It will be against the American Tommy Paul, seeded n°30, whom he has never faced before.