Day of Injury at Wimbledon; Federer kneels near victory, retreats, Federer escapes | 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

London: With or without Kovid, the players withdrew and the Wimbledon match was marred by injuries. In the first round, two players, including Serena Williams, returned with injuries hours apart.

The Fed Express escaped a coup in the first round of Wimbledon when the opponent returned from injury with a two-set lead. Sixth-seeded eight-time Wimbledon winner Federer returned to Mannar with a knee injury 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 3-6 4-2 against world number 41 Adrian Mannar. The spectators at Wimbledon Central Court stood up and left as the cripple retreated from the court.

After giving up the first set in front of Federer, Federer had a slight lead in the next set against Mannarino, who had won the second and third sets. However, Federer, who has been sidelined with a knee injury for the past year and a half, is back in action.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the second round.

In a similar incident, Serena Williams of the United States fell in the fifth set of the match against Alyak Sandra Sasnovich.