McEnroe: "It's like Roger Federer is a 65-year-old worker"

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McEnroe: "It's like Roger Federer is a 65-year-old worker"

Due to Hubert Hurkacz's victory in Indian Wells, which earned him access to the round of 16, Roger Federer dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. The former world number 1 played the misery of 13 official matches in 2021, with a budget too meager for a legend of his caliber.

His last official appearance of him dates back to the Wimbledon tournament, where he reached the quarterfinals thanks to a not impossible draw. The Swiss phenomenon was clearly beaten by Hurkacz on the Center Court, confirming that he was very far from an acceptable condition.

A few weeks later, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he had to operate on his right knee for the third time in the past year and a half. The 40-year-old from Basel should close the season around 18th position in the ATP ranking, waiting to see if and when he will return to action.

Recently questioned about the moment King Roger is experiencing, John McEnroe - captain of Team World in the Laver Cup - addressed the issue with great clarity.

McEnroe about Roger Federer

The former American tennis star said: "Roger Federer is an absolute icon of tennis and sport in general, but he is now 40 years old.

To be clear, being 40 in tennis is like being 65 in any other job. I hope Roger knows what to do and is able to finish his career in an ideal way." In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Federer himself seemed aware that he no longer had many chances in the Grand Slams.

"My perspective has changed compared to a few years ago, I'm not deluded. All that I will be able to do from now on will be just a bonus and an extra. There is no precise plan for my return to the circuit. First I'll have to walk properly again, then I'll start running and only then will the focus shift to tennis. The idea is to return to the field next year, even if I don't know exactly when."