Roger Federer is “confident” Andy Murray will make a successful comeback “if he returns at 100%”.
It has been a frustrating 18 months for Murray as he missed the end of last season due to a long-standing hip injury and then finally underwent surgery at the start of this year.
He made his comeback during the grass-court season, but opted to sit out Wimbledon to speed up his recovery before finally making his return to Grand Slam tennis at the US Open where he lost in the second round.
After losing in the quarter-final of the Shenzhen Open, he called an early end to his 2018 season as he opted to switch focus to 2019.
Federer was asked about Murray’s chances of returning to the top and he replied: “I feel you can very quickly play top-30 level,” he said
“That level he found quickly and very easily, he wasn’t 100% so that makes me feel good about his chances.
“The problem is that he has been No 1, has won double Olympic gold, it’s not enough to play last-16 or quarters.
“He wants to make top 10 and then top 5, obviously.
“Will he be able to play week in week out or will he have to play less tournaments like I do but still be successful?
“It’s going to be interesting to see how he comes back but I’m confident it’s not going to be a problem if he returns at 100%.”
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