Roger Federer on ‘enemy-less’ Andy Murray: ‘We need guys like him who lead by example’

Andy Murray

Roger Federer admits he is delighted to have Andy Murray back on the ATP Tour, saying they need players who “lead by example with hard work and toughness and fairness”.

Having undergone hip surgery at the start of the year, Murray made his return to singles action in August and, after taking a step down to the ATP Challenger Tour, he moved back up to the top level at Zhuhai at the end of September.

He also competed in the China Open last week, reaching the quarter-final before losing to top seed Dominic Thiem, and the Shanghai Masters is up next.

Federer is delighted to have the former world No 1 back in action.

“It was great to see him again and just chat with him for a little bit,” he told “I think it’s super exciting for the Tour and for us players because he’s very much a guy we like and respect a lot. Doesn’t have enemies. We need guys like him who also lead by example with hard work and toughness and fairness.

“I love seeing Andy back. I also feel like he’s playing better and better, which is going to be great.”

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