Roger Federer & Andy Murray react to Serena Williams tearful Wimbledon exit

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US player Serena Williams reacts as she withdraws from her women's singles first round match against Belarus's Aliaksandra Sasnovich on the second day of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2021.

Williams had a tearful Wimbledon exit (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Roger Federer was gutted to hear Serena Williams had retired from her opening Wimbledon match with injury, just hours after his own match had finished prematurely with a retirement.

Williams only lasted six games into her Centre Court match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, finishing the encounter in tears.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion left the court for treatment after just four games and was in tears as she attempted to continue before eventually throwing the towel in.

Not long before, Federer’s tussle with Adrian Mannarino finished prematurely after a nasty fall on the grass.

Federer had been down two sets to one when Mannarino was wrong-footed and he couldn’t continue as the match entered a fifth set.

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, was clearly gutted when he was told that his fellow tennis great had been forced out of the tournament.

‘Well, as I was walking out, the referee asked me how I was feeling about the court. I said, I think the court plays normally as we know it,’ said Federer in his post-match press conference.

Roger Federer saw his match end prematurely as Wimbledon opponent Adrian Mannarino retired.

Federer’s match ended prematurely as Mannarino retired injured (Picture: Getty)

‘I do feel it feels a tad more slippery maybe under the roof. I don’t know if it’s just a gut feeling. You do have to move very, very carefully out there. If you push too hard in the wrong moments, you do go down.

‘I do feel it’s drier during the day. With the wind and all that stuff, it takes the moist out of the grass.

‘But this is obviously terrible. Yeah, I don’t think it plays very different. Again, I’m also moving carefully. This is what I told the team, as well. They thought I moved very well.

‘Under the circumstances, those first two matches are always extremely difficult. But it’s always been like this. I feel for a lot of players it’s super key to get through those first two rounds because the grass is more slippery, it is more soft. As the tournament progresses, usually it gets harder and easier to move on.

‘This is obviously terrible that it’s back-to-back matches and it hits Serena as well. Oh, my God, I can’t believe it.’

Another former world No. 1, Andy Murray, feels the courts are ‘extremely slippy’.

‘Brutal for Serena Williams,’ Murray, who won his first-round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets, posted on Twitter.

‘But Centre Court is extremely slippy out there. Not easy to move out there.’

Current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 34, also took plenty of tumbles during his opening day win against British wildcard Jack Draper.

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