Sport McEnroe: Federer is beyond belief

01:47  14 february  2018
01:47  14 february  2018 Source:   Sky Sports

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

  'Truly amazing' Roger Federer playing better now than he was at 28, says John McEnroe McEnroe believes Federer's form and achievements during the twilight period of his career are almost inconceivable.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).

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.

McEnroe , a seven-time grand slam champion, said Federer 's form late in his career was amazing. "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," he said.

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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.

The Swiss star can become the oldest-ever No 1 with a run to the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands.

Federer was sidelined for a significant period in 2016 with a knee injury and upon his return in 2017, he competed in just 12 tournaments and the move appears to have paid off as he stormed to two more Grand Slam titles before winning a landmark 20th major at the Australian Open last month.

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.

McEnroe , a seven-time grand slam champion, said Federer 's form late in his career was amazing. "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," he said.

McEnroe , a seven-time grand slam champion, said Federer 's form late in his career was amazing. "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," he said.

"It's still beyond belief and one of the craziest things that I've ever seen in the 25 years that I've been doing commentary and the additional 15 I played to see a guy at that age and that level and play better than he did, for me, at 28," said McEnroe.

"I don't understand how the hell he's doing it, but it's truly amazing to watch."

The American seven-time Grand Slam champion says Federer doesn't put a lot of strain on his body which makes him such a unique individual and displays his joy for the game every time he steps out on the court.

"If you were to pick one thing which I was jealous about would be his absolute love and joy to be out there playing," added McEnroe. "He has this unique ability even during times of struggle to brush things off more easily and that's an incredible quality to have."

Federer is set to play Belgian Ruben Bemelmans in the opening round of the event in Rotterdam on Wednesday.

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Federer reveals the main thing that keeps him motivated .
Roger Federer has revealed the key reason why he is always motivated to win more tennis titles even though he is nearing the end of his career, according to a report on the Express. Federer said that it was his determination to keep working hard that has helped him to keep winning titles throughout his career. The Switzerland international won his sixth Australian Open last month to take his total tally of Grand Slam titles to 20, which has resulted in many pundits and players hailing him as the best ever tennis player. However, Federer has kept himself grounded and continues to work hard. He now has the chance to create history this month as he can become the world’s oldest ever world number one. He currently sits behind Spaniard Rafael Nadal but if Federer reaches the semi-final of the Rotterdam Open, then he will overtake him into first place. Federer said: “I think, always wanting to improve as a player, you know, trying to find new ways to make it exciting for myself.” “Playing on a big stage, honestly, that’s the fun part so that is very motivating in itself.” “And then I can play for world number one or for titles, I mean, at the end of the day winning never gets boring, to be honest.” Federer will play his opening match of the Rotterdam Open today and is the favourite to lift the trophy after compatriot Stan Wawrinka fell to a shock defeat in the opening round.

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