International Cricket Council gave Roger Federer rank number one for his copybook forward defence in a Wimbledon Round of 16 game against France’s Adrian Mannarino. Federer won the match 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 and advanced to the quarter-finals. During the match, Federer was spotted playing a left-handed shot, which would have made even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar proud. Also Read - India vs Australia: PM Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Congratulate Team India After Historic Win; Fans on Twitter Go Berserk
That shot stole the hearts at the Centre Court. Soon, Wimbledon took to Twitter, and posted the video of that shot and tagged ICC asking how would they rate the shot. ICC handed Roger Federer numero uno rank. Also Read - IND vs AUS: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar Heap Special Praise on Mohammed Siraj-Shardul Thakur For Impressive Show in 4th Test Brisbane, Says Boy Has Become Man on This Tour
Here is the video of the event. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar Pay Condolences to Hardik And Krunal Pandya After Father's Demise Due to Cardiac Arrest
And then here is the response of ICC.
The former Indian cricketer is a huge tennis, and especially Roger Federer. Sachin has often been spotted at the Centre Court watching Wimbledon and it is a known fact that the cricketer and the tennis player share a good bond.
Meanwhile, against Federer, Mannarino was unable to find his rhythm in the first set, unsure of his ball striking, movement and positioning with Federer winning 25 of the 30 points in the 16-minute passage of play.
It was too many errors by Mannarino on a couple of backhands and one forehand that allowed Federer a 5-0 lead, with the Swiss sealing the first set when Mannarino hit a lob long. Though Mannarino’s strong efforts helped him make a comeback in the game with the 7-5 lead in the second set, his efforts soon went in vein in the third set (6-4).
Federer was easily the superior player with 106 to 70 points over his opposition. He also served 13 aces compared to 6 by his opposition. Federer now takes on K. Anderson who is the 8th seed in this competition.
The 36-year-old has not dropped a set in his favourite slam as yet and looks strong to go the distance for the 9thtime. He has 20 Slams to his name already at the age of 36.