Former world No 1 John McEnroe hopes to see Roger Federer again however needs him to play at 100% moderately than 80%.
The 40-year-old withdrew from the latest Australian Open as he continues recovering from knee surgical procedure. He has not gained a Grand Slam because the 2018 Australian Open and no timeline has been given for his return.
“Anytime we’re at an occasion and Roger shouldn’t be enjoying, we miss him. He’s the classiest participant and probably the most lovely participant I’ve ever seen on a court docket. As a fan I might like to see Roger round,” McEnroe instructed Eurosport.
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The seven-times Grand Slam winner needs to see Federer absolutely match moderately than making a return in an identical place to Andy Murray who has struggled to achieve his peak following a career-saving hip operation in 2019.
“If he needs to play, we will likely be joyful he’s enjoying however I don’t need to see Roger at 80%. We have now seen that with (Andy) Murray and it’s not straightforward. You need to see the highest guys play at their finest,” mentioned McEnroe.
Federer says that he’s receiving good assist from these near him as he embarks on aiming to return to the sport.
“My spouse couldn’t have been extra supportive. My coaches, I had them in any respect the precise time. I’ve at all times been very motivated, that’s why I used to be at all times in a position to do what I did. I don’t need to say I’ve had an issue with the choice to retire however it’s an entire different scenario to consider. My profession is ending after which my spouse is like… okay my foot is okay, simply okay,” mentioned the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
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Provided that Rafael Nadal is 35-years-old and Novak Djokovic 34, it seems probably that Federer would be the first from the Large Three at hand up his racket.