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“He is kind of an updated Rod Laver to me” John McEnroe calls Roger Federer ‘the most beautiful player he’s watched’

John McEnroe expresses his affection for Roger Federer by comparing the 20-time major winner to the legendary Rod Laver who was the American's growing up idol.

John McEnroe, Roger Federer and Rod Laver

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer‘s absence is noted by many tennis enthusiasts including former World No. 1 and 7-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe. The American was recently involved in a digital press conference with ESPN where he showed the Swiss Maestro with the praise of the highest order having seen him burst onto the scene as a young kid and ensure his status as a tennis legend alongside the likes of McEnroe and other tennis greats.

With Federer turning 41 years old this August, the retirement speculations are always floating around. Although the Swiss has confirmed his participation in the 2022 Laver Cup followed by the 2022 Swiss Indoors, he has also talked about having the ambition to play in the next season as well giving his fans hope of catching him live on the Tour once again.

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“Roger Federer’s the epitome of what you would want your kid to be when they grow up”: John McEnroe

John McEnroe and Roger Federer with the 2021 Laver Cup

With Federer often credited for being one of the most graceful players with regard to his shots, and on-court and off-court behaviour, he is always a fan favourite. He has indeed shown his human side with a rare outburst but none can deny the elegance that he has brought to the sport and become a global icon due to his achievements.

“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,” said McEnroe.

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