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John McEnroe has warned the tennis world not to write off Roger Federer.
The Swiss suffered an injury and will be sidelined for three months.
Federer must have been deliberating, however, McEnroe has warned the world not to write the Swiss star off.
“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 undergone knee surgery last month.
He last underwent the knife in 2016 in a setback many thought he would not bounce back from.
“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.”
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is due to return to action in June.