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Andy Murray on Roger Federer: ‘He’s one of the best players that’s ever played the game’

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Andy Murray, the current world number one is impressed with Roger Federer and his win at the 2017 Australian Open. The Scotsman stated in an interview recently that what the Swiss Maestro accomplished in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year was impressive. It is because he was coming off a major knee injury and surgery.

Incredible Roger Federer looked healthy in Australia

“It’s incredible what he did in Australia after such a long break. We play so much — a lot of the year. Sometimes coming to events fresh can have some huge advantages,” Murray stated via ESPN earlier this week.

“[Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal] were both coming back from a pretty significant period of time out and they both played extremely well. Maybe that’s something we can all learn from moving forward.”

Murray also credited Federer’s personality and how the Swiss is good for the sport. The 35-year-old still holds the all-time record in Grand Slam wins at 18.

“It’s really good he’s doing it. He’s just extremely popular. He’s one of the best players that’s ever played the game. It’s not just how much he’s won, but the way he plays and how he carries himself,” Murray added.

Murray took over the World No. 1 spot from Serbian Novak Djokovic late in 2016. But, both Murray and Djokovic turned in disappointing performances at the 2017 Australian Open. No. 1 seed Murray was eliminated in the Round of 16 while No. 2 seed Djokovic was ousted in the second round.

Meanwhile, Federer and Nadal were impressive in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Many are saying as well that they are back to being “elite” in the sport and could challenge Murray and Djokovic for the rest of the 2017 ATP season.

Rest pays off for Federer; Murray to learn from Swiss Maestro

Federer was out of the tour for months before the Australian Open. He was off for six months because of a knee injury. It was a freak injury he suffered in early 2016 while taking a bath. The man from Basel, Switzerland aggravated the injury in Wimbledon and decided to rest in mid-2016.

The rest paid off, as the Swiss looked healthy in Australia and played like his old self. The victory further cemented Federer’s status as the greatest player of all time in the sport. Murray and the other top players will learn a lot from Federer about extending tennis careers even when they are in their mid-30s.

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