Roger Federer recently announced his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee, which will keep him out at least until the grass season. At almost 39 years old, there are many questions about the Swiss's chances of returning to the top level again.
“Then Roger limped off the court and didn’t play for six months. And I thought, you know, that’s pretty much it,” John McEnroe said in Boston. “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 seven-time Grand Slam winner also likened Federer to six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady: “It’s like asking the same question on Tom Brady. You know, it’s the exact same thing,” McEnroe added.
“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”.