Andy Murray has backed Roger Federer to play “top-level tennis” when he returns back to the tour.
The Swiss legend will make his comeback, after over a year out, in Doha next week.
Murray is going through a similar return – albeit from a lower starting place – and reckons there are some similarities between himself and his old foe.
“I just want to get out and compete and just enjoy doing what I am doing,” Murray said, as per the Metro. “I imagine Roger would be the same.
“I am sure he has been training hard and is excited to get back out there and compete.
“I am sure in time, providing that his body is good, that he will play top-level tennis again because he is that good.
“Even if there is a slight drop-off physically for him, I would back his skill against most players. I am sure he will be fine.”
Murray and Federer could meet in the coming months
There is a real sense of anticipation about Federer’s return to court, for a number of reasons.
First off, it will just be great to see one of the game’s greatest ever players competing again.
But there is a real sense of the unknown too, which is fascinating.
At nearly 40, and after 13 months off court, will Federer still be able to beat the world’s best players?
His raw ability and experience suggests he will – but there are no guarantees after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
As per the Express, Federer is also likely to play in Dubai the week after Doha, but not at the Masters 1000 event in Miami at the end of the month.
Anyone fancy a Federer vs Murray first round tie at Wimbledon?