McEn­roe ex­pects more Fed­erer magic at U.S. Open

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great John McEn­roe ex­pects Roger Fed­erer’s sen­sa­tional come­back sea­son to con­tinue in New York when the U.S. Open kicks off on Mon­day.

Since re­turn­ing from a six-month hia­tus in Jan­uary, the 36-year-old Swiss has been in stu­pen­dous form as he has won five ti­tles, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don.

“At the mo­ment we’re just as­sum­ing that Roger is go­ing to pull the rab­bit out of the hat again,” four-times U.S. Open cham­pion McEn­roe said dur­ing an ESPN con­fer­ence call on Wed­nes­day.

“If Roger wins this, it will be one of the great sto­ries in that last 50 years or ever.”

“I saw him to­day and I said, ‘I’ve got to tell you, hats off. I’ve watched ten­nis for 40 or 50 years and I’ve never seen any­thing like this’.”

Chris Evert, the win­ner of 18 grand slam ti­tles, said she was equally mes­mer­ized by what Fed­erer has done this year.

“He came back and it was ridicu­lous,” she said. “It was like he was a dif­fer­ent per­son. It was like his clone has come back,” she said.

One ques­tion mark hang­ing over Fed­erer is his health.

Back pain ap­peared to limit his mo­bil­ity dur­ing the Rogers Cup fi­nal in Mon­treal ear­lier this month, where he fell in straight sets to 20-year-old Ger­man Alexander Zverev.

It was only the third time Fed­erer had lost a match this year and as a re­sult the 19-times grand slam cham­pion opted to skip the Cincin­nati Masters to tend to the in­jury.

“I was sit­ting on the court in Mon­treal when he tweaked his lower back and it was re­ally ev­i­dent that some­thing was wrong with him,” Evert said.

“You never know, he doesn’t say much about his in­juries and he made no ex­cuses after the match, but hope­fully he’s healthy.”

Fed­erer will need to be at 100 per­cent to com­pete at Flush­ing Mead­ows in the gru­el­ing best-of-five-set tour­na­ment, where scorch­ing heat and suf­fo­cat­ing hu­mid­ity are the norm.

Apart f r om Fed­erer, world num­ber one Rafael Nadal and Bri­ton Andy Murray, who i s com­ing back from a hip i njury t hat forced him t o skip all the hard­court tour­na­ments in the run up to the Open, are t he names i n the mix as potential win­ners of the fi­nal ma­jor of the sea­son.

If those fa­vorites fal­ter, the tour­na­ment is up for grabs, McEn­roe said.

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