'Roger Federer deserves to leave the sport with...', says former ace

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'Roger Federer deserves to leave the sport with...', says former ace

Andy Murray, 34, admits there were doubts when he lost the 2012 Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. At the time, Murray had been one of the most consistent players on Tour, but he was struggling to step up at the Grand Slam. After losing the 2012 Wimbledon final to Federer, Murray's Grand Slam finals record was 0-4.

At the time, Murray also had a bunch of big Grand Slam appearances that ended with a semi-final elimination. "When I lost that Wimbledon final in 2012 against Roger, the pressure was still building, questions were being asked about me and if I could win a Grand Slam, if that was even possible," Murray said.

"I asked myself those questions too. I was working very hard to get it, and I couldn't get over the line." Murray was very emotional after the 2012 Wimbledon final by breaking down in tears. "After that match, obviously I was very upset for a few days, like I accepted that it might not happen, [that] I might not win a major.

But what I could control was the effort and everything I was putting in to try to move forward, keep getting better," Murray said. A month later, Murray smashed Federer at the 2012 London Olympics to win his first gold medal.

A couple of weeks after becoming an Olympic gold medalist, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open final to finally win his first Grand Slam.

Waske comments on King Roger

Former tennis player Alexander Waske recently lavished praise on Roger Federer for staying authentic despite garnering fame and success.

"In my eyes, you're the greatest when you're not just successful but have changed the entire game. Roger Federer did that impressively. His elegance and playing style didn't exist before, plus this down-to-earth attitude.

I have the utmost respect for him, not only as a player but also as a person," Waske said. "Roger doesn't care if the camera is on or not. He is the way he is, friendly and not only nice to the people who are in important positions."

However, he is back in training and is expected to return to action sometime this year. "Looking ahead to the rest of his career, I hope he doesn't end his career on sick leave. That would certainly be a defeat for him.

I wish it would boot up again and flash all its magic," Waske said. "For him, it's about leaving the tennis court with dignity and playing."