Richard Gasquet: ‘Roger Federer is the greatest – so far’

Richard Gasquet believes the ‘incredible’ longevity of Roger Federer is what makes him the greatest – so far.

Federer is set to make his comeback this week at the Qatar Open after a year out with injury.

Many wondered if he would make it back at all given his age and the severity of the injury, and, according to Gasquet, the fact he has put himself through such a tough rehabilitation to resume his career is part of Federer’s greatness.

“It’s fabulous that he’s coming back, unbelievable, at 39-years-old,” Gasquet said of Federer in Doha.

“It’s exceptional after two knee operations. I’m happy he’s coming back, he’s the greatest – so far.

“It’s great that he can still play and we’ll see what happens. It’s fabulous because it’s just Federer.

“What impresses me is the longevity, the career and the physical impacts he has had. With all the matches he has played he is still there!

“He was able to win a Grand Slam at over 37. He will be 40 in August it’s impressive. That longevity is incredible.”

Roger Federer has said he will play Doha and possibly Dubai before taking a month-long ‘training break’ as he attempts to build his fitness for Wimbledon.

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