ROGER FEDERER advised Andy Murray NOT to rush back to play at Wimbledon — until he’s one hundred per cent match.
Murray has been out since final yr’s SW19 due to a hip injury.
The 2-time champ, 30, pulled out of the Australian Open final month after surgical procedure on the issue.
However he’s concentrating on a return earlier than Wimbledon in July.
Muzza claimed there’s ‘no query’ he can compete on the highest degree once more — even when he’s solely ninety five per cent match.
But tennis legend Federer forged doubt on such optimism.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, 36, stated: “What I’ve discovered for myself is, simply to be very affected person.
“And to solely come back whenever you actually are at one hundred per cent. Not if you find yourself ninety two per cent or eighty five per cent.
“Nevertheless it might really feel at occasions, you’ve obtained to run for each drop shot that’s hit — and each robust shot which is hit behind you.
“And in the event you can’t do this in apply, then I’ve come to realise — particularly coming back from an injury — that it’s greatest simply to wait.
“It occurs typically throughout a event that you’re harm and are struggling.
“However no one is aware of you’re harm after which it’s OK. But when individuals know you’ve had an issue then it’s greatest to wait it out, practice actually arduous, and get back out at one hundred per cent.
“I want Andy all the most effective — I noticed him a few days after his surgical procedure in Melbourne and he appeared in nice spirits.
“He’s been a hardcore tennis participant for a very long time now, so I feel having time to actually unwind can also be a really constructive factor shifting ahead.”
Federer took a 5-month break from the game in 2016, so as to get well absolutely from a persistent knee injury.
However he got here back to courtroom with a bang, profitable his EIGHTH Wimbledon title final summer time in addition to successive Australian Opens.
And the Swiss star urged Murray not to fear about accidents when back enjoying, as a result of it’ll prohibit his recreation.
Federer was confirmed as the best athlete of all time on the Laureus World Sports activities Awards 2018 in Monaco final night time.
He claimed each the Laureus Sportsman of the Yr and Comeback of the Yr awards, the fifth and sixth Laureus awards of his profession.
He added: “My biggest problem going ahead is managing my schedule and staying injury free.
“You’ve gotten to be a bit extra cautious — however you don’t need to develop into so cautious that it turns into unenjoyable.
“I don’t want to play a lot tennis to play good tennis and that permits me to take adequate breaks. So then once I do play, I really feel very hungry and really motivated.
“It’s an fascinating stage of my life, I by no means thought I might play with the schedule that I’ve today. I all the time thought I used to be going to play 20 to 25 tournaments yearly till I retire.
“I can’t fear about accidents on a regular basis or I’ll by no means be free. It is going to be like being locked in a cage — and I can’t attain my most potential on a tennis courtroom.
“In fact, typically if you end up not feeling properly, like on the US Open final yr, you simply hope you come out of the event in a single piece.
“I attempt to make a acutely aware effort with my health coaches to say, ‘Don’t all the time ask me how I’m feeling.’
“Yesterday they requested me, ‘How are you, are you feeling something in any a part of your physique?’, and I stated, ‘No, no, no, I’m high-quality, please don’t ask me, it’s all good!’”
Federer additionally admitted the previous guard like him, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are making it extraordinarily exhausting for the subsequent era to shine.
He’s nonetheless enthusiastic about kids coming via — similar to Brit Kyle Edmund — however doubts whether or not any participant will ever go on to dominate the game like he has.
He stated: “It’s undoubtedly arduous to see one participant proper now getting to ten slams.
“In all probability a number of the guys are going to win a slam or two — however profitable ten is not one thing you possibly can predict.
“I don’t assume many individuals predicted it with me!
“Proper now, in fact we’re like a shadow over the sport, clearly we don’t permit them to utterly flourish but.
“The second we’re gone, I feel it is going to be very thrilling.”
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ROGER FEDERER informed Andy Murray NOT to rush back to play at Wimbledon — until he’s one hundred per cent match.