Andy Murray should be proud of what he has managed to achieve at Wimbledon and everyone wants him to remain playing says Roger Federer.
Following a recurring injury, Murray was forced to have major hip surgery a couple of years ago and has since been hit with a string of bad luck and niggling injuries that have prevented him from building any momentum back in the sport.
A positive COVID-19 test kept him out of the Australian Open and a freak groin injury the eve before the Miami Open ruled him out of that, meaning he has only been able to play 10 matches all season ahead of Wimbledon.
Neverthless, the Centre Court crowd of the All England Club saw him pull off two great wins, a four setter against 24th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili and a five set thriller against Oscar Otte before losing in the third round against Denis Shapovalov.
Following his last match, Murray appeared downhearted and questioned whether all the rehab and hard work to come back to tennis had been worth it.
But Roger Federer, who practiced with the Brit before the Slam started, said he understood his frustrations as he battles back from surgery himself.
“It was nice playing with Andy [before the tournament] and actually feeling the ball that was coming back and just seeing what he can do also in terms of his physical ability,” Federer said.
“I watched a little bit [of his match against Shapovalov]. If you have to make compromises every single day – instead of practice you have to rest, or instead of practising three hours you can only practise an hour-and-a-half.
“Whatever it is, if it’s every day like this and you have to cut back on different types of those choices – it makes things more complicated. On top of it all, you probably can’t play 35 tournaments [a year] anymore.
“So now you’re maybe playing 25, or maybe 15, or less. So all these things really matter in a players’s mind. So I totally understand where he is coming from.”
But Federer says he has huge admiration for Murray and he should feel proud of what he’s been able to accomplish.
“Plus, he’s also had a tough year, he hasn’t played many matches. So there’s clearly some question marks. At the same time, he should be very, very happy about himself.
“I think he has a huge admiration from all the players for what he’s going through. This is major stuff that he’s going through. I wish him only the best.
“Everybody hopes he stays on tour and keeps on going, to be quite honest. But most of all, he needs to be happy. So, that goes with being healthy.”
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