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John McEnroe pays tribute to ‘the most beautiful player’ Roger Federer

Grand Slam legend John McEnroe has waxed lyrically about 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer saying that he is the “most beautiful player” that he has ever watched. 

Roger Federer, who has been missing since Wimbledon last year when he decided to undergo a third knee surgery, is expected to make his big return in September when he is set to join his great friend and rival, Rafael Nadal, to play doubles at the Laver Cup in London.

After that, Federer is hoping to play at the Swiss indoors tournament at his home event in Basel in October with Wimbledon coming too soon for him in his recovery.

Asked about his fellow tennis legend, John McEnroe heaped praise onto the Swiss maestro as he claimed that fans should appreciate what  they have already been able to see from Federe in his illustrious career on the court – particularly with his play being so attractive to watch.

Speaking in a recent interview, the 63-year-old American told reporters, “Twenty years, you got to look at the bright side.

“You had a lot of time where you got a chance to watch this guy play and win it numerous times.

“So, we have to sort of hope that whatever he decides he’s happy with. He’s 40. He’s made it this far. It’s amazing.

“Roger Federer is a living legend. We all know that. He’s the epitome of what you would want your kid to be when they grow up.

“He is the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched play. I idolised [Rod] Laver. He is kind of an updated Laver to me.”

Jonny Mac continued as he discussed how much the sport will miss Roger Federer once he retires.

“It goes without saying that anytime we are at an event where Roger is not playing we miss him.

“He is the classiest player and the most beautiful player I have seen on a court. As a fan, I would love to see Roger around.”

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