In an interview, the seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe recalled the 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Spaniard prevailed 9-7 in the fifth set to triumph at the All England Club for the first time in his career.
'To me, when you are able to sit back and call a match where you're basically not saying anything and let the match speak for itself, I believe was the appropriate response in that fifth set', said McEnroe. 'It was the best match I ever witnessed in terms of overall quality, the excitement, the unpredictability and the way it ended.
That may have been my best call ever, not saying anything.' McEnroe also backed Federer to get breaks during the year: 'Roger's goal right now should not be to support the tour week in and week out. Anybody who is 38 years old and still playing at this high level, winning 20 Slams, can afford to be selfish, think about himself and what's best for his body.
If he has to take three or four months off, so be it. Nadal and Serena are in the same boat.' Speaking about Federer and Nadal, McEnroe concluded: 'Thank God for the game, that they are still there and have the hunger and love it so much, that we get to enjoy this a couple of years more.'