Roger Federer must have been deliberating retirement after suffering another injury blow which will keep him sidelined for three months. However, John McEnroe has warned the world not to write the Swiss star off.
At 38 years old there are big questions over how much more of the ATP tour Federer’s body can handle.
The world No 4 has already stripped back his schedule to the bare minimum as he aims to focus solely on the Grand Slam events.
With no competitive action under his belt ahead of this year’s Australian Open, Federer sustained an injury which hindered him in the latter stages – where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.He has since needed an operation which is never a positive for somebody so late into their career.
But the 20-time Grand Slam champion has been compared to six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, who also continues to defy Father Time.
“It’s like asking the same question on Tom Brady. You know, it’s the exact same thing,” McEnroe said.
“I mean, how they keep doing it would be the first thing at their age. It’s phenomenal, right? I mean, how in the world are these guys still playing at such a high level?
“I’ve admired watching Tom Brady because he makes players around him better. But you’re out there on your own and you’re 38 and you could be turning 39 on a tennis court with the wear and tear.
“That’s really tough. It’s already amazing he’s made it this far.”
Federer has underwent knee surgery last month and will not return to action until the grass season.
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He last underwent the knife in 2016 in a setback many thought he would not bounce back from.
McEnroe was coaching Milos Raonic that year when the Canadian beat Federer at Wimbledon.
“Then Roger limped off the court and didn’t play for six months,” McEnroe explained.
“And I thought, you know, that’s pretty much it. That’s four years ago.
“And he came back after not having played for six months and managed to win the Australian Open (the next) year, winning three best-of-five set matches, which is virtually unheard of to begin with.
“And to win three majors post-surgery. So you never can count him out.”
Federer is due to return to action at the Halle Open, which commences on June 15.
He will then take a week off before attempting to win a ninth Wimbledon title.
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