Federer survives Wimbledon scare foxsports Oct 20, 2016 at 4:59p ET Colombia's Alejandro Falla stops just short of the net during his opening match against Switzerland's Roger Federer at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Monday, June 21, 2010. First on the court As Wimbledon tradition dictates, Roger Federer was the first player on court Monday, June 21 — his reward for winning last year's title. Feisty Falla Little did Federer know, the little-known Colombian Alejandro Falla was up for the challenge in their first-round match Friday. Not his best Federer was not in top form, getting in trouble early and often behind a slew of unforced errors. First to Falla Falla took control of the match early, stunning Federer to win the first set 7-5. Having problems The errors kept mounting for Federer in the second as he lost 6-4 to fall behind two sets to none. Feeling the pain Falla received treatment for an apparent leg injury during the match, but it didn't seem to faze him much on the court. No answers A despondent Federer never could get his game going in the opening sets, as Falla seemed to have an answer for every shot. Tables turning? After staying on serve for the first eight games of the match, Falla squandered four break points on Federer's serve and lost the game to fall behind 5-4. Let's play four Federer broke Falla at 5-4 to finish off the set and prolong his life at Wimbledon — where he has won six of the last seven titles — for another set. Not giving in After dropping the third set, Falla stormed back to break Federer to start the fourth. We're all even Federer broke back in the fourth set when he needed it most, leveling the set at 5-5 and then rolling to a tiebreak win to force a fifth set. Taking over Federer was in complete control in the fifth set, looking like the Roger of old as he cruised to a 6-0 win to complete the comeback. Great show The 60th-ranked Falla had lost all 11 of his previous sets against Federer before pressing him to the finish line in this match. Sigh of relief Federer — a finalist each of the last seven years at the All England Club — waved to the crowd after finishing the win, avoiding the historic upset.