Sport 'Truly amazing' Roger Federer playing better now than he was at 28, says John McEnroe

14:41  13 february  2018
14:41  13 february  2018 Source:   International Business Times

McEnroe: Federer is beyond belief

  McEnroe: Federer is beyond belief John McEnroe says it's "beyond belief" Roger Federer can play the way he does at the age of 36 as the Swiss legend looks to regain world No 1 spot in Rotterdam.John McEnroe says it's "beyond belief" Roger Federer can play the way he does at the age of 36 as the Swiss legend looks to recapture the world No 1 spot in Rotterdam five years after he reached the pinnacle.

Here’s what McEnroe had said when he started “leaning” toward Rafa as the best ever. “If you look at his record against [Andy] Murray, [ Roger ] Federer , and [Novak] Djokovic, it’s way better than that.

Andy Murray insists he 's been the best player in the world over the last 12 months, despite John McEnroe describing him as a 'distant fourth' in comparison to Roger Federer McEnroe still rates Murray behind the rest of the ‘Big Four’ (Picture: Getty).

Roger Federer © Getty Images Roger Federer

Roger Federer's evergreen nature is "beyond belief" according to tennis legend John McEnroe, who believes the Swiss star is playing better at 36 than he was aged 28.

Federer, fresh off the back of holding onto his Australian Open crown last month, is preparing to face world number 116 Ruben Bemelmans in the last 32 of the Rotterdam Open on Wednesday (14 February).

Victory for the eight-time Wimbledon champion in the Netherlands would rival some of his previous career achievements and would see him reclaim the world number one ranking at the expense of Rafael Nadal, who is scheduled to play in Acapulco in a couple of weeks.

Federer the greatest ever? He would lose to McEnroe and Borg – Becker

  Federer the greatest ever? He would lose to McEnroe and Borg – Becker Six-time major winner Boris Becker questioned Roger Federer's standing among some of the past greats, despite his remarkable trophy haul.He is a 20-time grand slam champion but Boris Becker does not believe Roger Federer would be able to beat John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg in their prime.

TENNIS legend John McEnroe insists the sport will never see a player like Roger Federer ever again. Nobody in the mens game comes close to what Federer has achieved in the sport and former players have even suggested he is playing even better now than the entirety of his career.

A momentum player at best McEnroe fell apart in the final set despite going down only 5-7 in the clinch. Was going for Rafter but Goran was amazing ! He broke Australian hearts! 16 David Nalbandian vs Roger Federer (2005 ATP World Tour Finals).

Federer will become the oldest No.1 in the history of the sport if he manages to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam, eclipsing Andre Agassi's record by three years. Such a feat is almost inconceivable in the eyes of seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe, who believes Federer is performing better during the twilight of his career than he was in his late 20's.

"It's still beyond belief and one of the craziest things I've ever seen in the 25 years I've been doing commentary and the additional 15 years that I've played," McEnroe said, per SportStarLive.

"To see a guy at that age and play at that level and move better than he did when he was 28, maybe not when he was 25 or 26, but I don't understand how the hell he's doing it. But it's truly amazing to watch."

Boris Becker explains his reason for wanting to play Federer and Nadal

  Boris Becker explains his reason for wanting to play Federer and Nadal Becker believes that every top sportsman in the sport wants to test himself against the best in the business. Becker had his rivalries against the likes of Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe during his time, who have established themselves as some of the best the game has ever produced. He also made reference to the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who were the ones to beat before the turn of the century, following which the Swiss and Nadal took the stage by storm."I would love to have played in this era. To play Rafa Nadal, to play Roger Federer would have been great.

Tags: Andy Murray, John McEnroe , Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer . John McEnroe feels too many players lack fire to challenge the ATP's "Big 4." (AP). "I mean, these guys are tremendous and better than the guys for the most part, but not every single day.

ATP, John McEnroe , Roger Federer , U.S. Open, Tennis. Chris Chase has been with For The Win since its creation. He probably likes tennis more than you.

McEnroe cannot come up with an explanation as to why Federer is still performing at such a high level as he enters his late 30's, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion thinks it is his lighter schedule that is allowing him to prolong his illustrious playing career.

Federer will embark on his third tournament of 2018 when he faces Belgian Bemelmans at Rotterdam on Wednesday, but a busy schedule may now see him put his feet up as the year moves from hard courts to clay.

"The clay season is up in the air. If I am playing a lot during this part of the season it would be hard to play a robust clay season. It would be a light [schedule] if I do play," Federer said, AFP report.

"We will see how it goes. I am healthy and glad to be playing. I should be playing when I feel that way and not play when I don't feel at 100 percent or don't feel ready to do it. That is my secret for me moving forward."

Director reveals details on 'decision' for Roger Federer's upcoming schedule .
Roger Federer is inclined to choosing his tournaments carefully as he enters the latter years of his career. The Swiss star wants to maintain his body so that he can continue challenging for Grand Slams for as long as possible. However, his next target remains to beat Rafael Nadal to the number one spot in the ATP rankings, with the difference between the duo hanging at a mere 155 points.Nadal is currently recovering from a hip injury he picked up while playing Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, from which he had to retire as the game wore on to the fifth set.

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