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Roger Federer reacts to Andy Murray retiring and gives insight into his struggles


Federer revealed how Murray was struggling in Glasgow (Picture: Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)

Roger Federer admitted he was ‘shocked’ and saddened to hear the news of Andy Murray’s imminent retirement and hopes the three-time Grand Slam champion can enjoy a proper send off at Wimbledon.

The Swiss hailed the former world No. 1 as a ‘great guy’ and confessed the news of his exit from tennis has ‘hit the top guys hard’.

Federer hasn’t faced Murray in a competitive environment since 2015 but he did meet the Scot at his charity event ‘Andy Murray Live’ in Glasgow back in 2017 as the 31-year-old continued his initial rehab from the problem.

And the 37-year-old 20-time Grand Slam winner gave a fascinating insight into how much Murray was struggling ahead of that match, admitting he ‘couldn’t believe he actually played’.

‘Well, I mean, I think his body took the decision, unfortunately, in this case,’ Federer said at his pre-tournament Australian Open conference.

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‘Well, I think it must have been a very long couple of years for him now. I remember when I played with him in Glasgow, I know how not well he was.

‘I couldn’t believe he actually played. But it was for a good cause. He felt like he could do sort of the two and a half sets that we played.

‘I guess everybody can understand where he comes from. At some point when you feel like you’re never going to get back to 100%, you’ve had the success that Andy has had, you can only understand the decision.

Federer was saddened by the news (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point. But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite.’

While Federer was gutted to hear the news, he was quick to praise the Scot’s personality and career, and is hopeful he will get to wave goodbe to the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon later this year.

‘Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon. That’s what I hope for him,’ he added.

‘Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He doesn’t have many enemies, to be quite honest.

‘He’s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend. He won everything he wanted to win. Anybody would substitute their career with his. He’s a great guy.

‘It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.’





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