John McEnroe on Roger Federer: Being 40 in tennis is like being 65 in another job

Former world No. 1 John McEnroe is amazed by what Roger Federer is doing at the age of 40. 

Federer, who turned 40 in August, is still active and he made the Wimbledon quarterfinal this past July. 

“Roger Federer is 40 years old. I mean, being 40 in tennis is like being 65 in some other job. Either way, Roger will be able to keep his head high no matter what,” McEnroe said, per We Love Tennis. 

Federer was unhappy after suffering a straight-set loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinal and shortly after he decided to undergo another knee surgery. 

“It was a tough process to take that decision, just because I already had couple of knee surgeries last year,” Federer told American former world number one Jim Courier at the Laver Cup.

“I was really unhappy with how things went at Wimbledon. I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end, at some point, too much is too much. Now I’ve just got to take it step by step.”

Federer doesn’t want to rush his comeback 

“I’ve got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I’ve got to be back on the tennis court,” he said.

“But it’s going to take me a few more months and then we’ll see how things are at some point next year. I’ve got to take my time. I don’t want to rush into anything at this point.

“This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There’s no rush with anything, so I’m actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I’m really happy.”

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