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John McEnroe: Roger Federer is the classiest player, I want him back

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Former world No. 1 John McEnroe called Roger Federer the “classiest player” and said he would absolutely love to see the Swiss back on the Tour. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, underwent two knee surgeries in 2020.

Federer briefly returned to action last year before undergoing another knee surgery in August. Federer is hoping to make another comeback but we may not see him until the second part of the season. “It goes without saying that anytime we are at an event where Roger is not playing we miss him,” McEnroe told Eurosport.

“He is the classiest player and the most beautiful player I have seen on a court. As a fan I would love to see Roger around.”

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‘Federer already pulled off a stunning comeback’
Federer underwent a knee surgery after the 2016 Wimbledon.

After returning, Federer won back-to-back Australian Open titles, as well as the 2017 Wimbledon title. “As far as the future, he’s 40 years old. He’s had numerous surgeries on his knee, there’s a lot of wear and tear, it would be unbelievable if he could come back and get close to the level that he was at,” McEnroe added.

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“I thought the same thing five years ago when I was coaching [Milos] Raonic and Roger walked off after the Wimbledon semi-finals [in 2016] and was limping and didn’t play for six months. Then he won the Australian Open.

“He’s pulled off the improbable before but this would be the most amazing of all if he was to win another Wimbledon. “Whatever makes him happy is what he deserves. If he wants to play we will be happy he is playing but I don’t want to see Roger at 80 per cent. We have seen that with [Andy] Murray and it’s not easy. You want to see the top guys play at their best”.