Andy Murray says he is still hoping for one last battle with Roger Federer as the Swiss star continues his attempts to return to tennis.
Federer underwent knee surgery in February 2020 to correct what was supposed to be a minor problem.
However, two further surgeries and one failed comeback later and Federer, now 40-years-old, is still searching for fitness.
He is not on the entry list for Wimbledon and is currently targeting a September comeback at the Laver Cup.
Murray, who is no stranger to battling injury himself, has backed Federer to return - and he hopes to face him on court one last time.
“I would love to see Roger back playing again,” Murray told the official ATP website.
“It’s always difficult to know when the end is. Obviously, people have been talking about it for many years. The next generation have come through, [but] the same guys are still winning the Grand Slams and I’d love to see Roger back competing again.
“I don’t know his situation, but I believe he will get back to competing. I don’t know how long for, but I really hope we can play another tournament together. It’s been a long time.”
Murray's own injury nightmare has given him a fresh appreciation for other's going through the same, which Roger Federer is right now.
He also believes injuries show which players have the purest love for simply playing tennis.
“[My motivation] comes from enjoying the sport, loving the sport," he said. "My situation is a bit different to his, with the operation that I had,.
“I believe he is playing to try and break records and win the major events. Absolutely you have to love it and be willing to play through some pain as you become an older athlete, but I think it is easier to play through the pain when you are competing for major titles.
“For me the past four or five years have been very different to that, playing Challengers and my ranking dropped.
"I feel like our situations are different, but ultimately the reasons I am still playing are because I love the game."
Andy Murray himself appears to be finally on the way back, with him hoping a good showing at Stuttgart and Queen's can get him into the seeding reckoning at Wimbledon.
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