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Wimbledon | Federer comments on Murray’s decision

Wimbledon | Federer comments on Murray’s decision

ANDY Murray can get back to the top.

That’s the view of eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

Brit Murray, himself a two-time winner and former world No.1, pulled out on the eve of the Championships insisting he was not fully fit.

You have it. You don't forget how to play tennis. It's like riding a bike your brushing your teeth. It's not like you're going to all of a sudden rock up and forget about it all Roger Federer

The 31-year-old came back from 11 months out with hip trouble despite three matches over Queen’s and Eastbourne.

And Federer, 36, who has come back from long–term injury to win Grand Slams and regain world No.1, said: “ I’m not going to tell him what to play and what not to play. I think most important is if he does return, he’s fully fit, because then anything is possible, especially for a former top guy.

“You have it. You don’t forget how to play tennis. It’s like riding a bike your brushing your teeth. It’s not like you’re going to all of a sudden rock up and forget about it all.

“I think the body just needs to be there. Seems right now it’s not the case. You wonder, Why did he then play Queen’s and Eastbourne? Only he and his team know. Look, that’s the only advice I would give. I’ve realised that, that if you do come back too soon, it’s always a problem. I feel like it lingers more.

“I’m hopeful he’s going to feel better and better as time goes by. If that means he comes back in a month, that’s great. If he comes back in a year, well, so be it. I’m hopeful to see a fully fit Andy Murray again. That’s what I care about really as a fellow rival, friend, guy around who has been there before. That’s what I’m hopeful for.”

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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