“It’s Federer”: John McEnroe Hails Roger Federer as the G.O.A.T at Laver Cup 2021

Published 09/24/2021, 8:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


It’s the first day of the Laver Cup 2021 and fans are really excited about the Grand Slam. Initiatd by Roger Federer and his team, the tournament could not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s fourth edition is taking place this year, that too, in the presence of fans.

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In a recent interview to CNBC’s Squawk Box just before the Laver Cup 2021, Team World’s captain, John McEnroe made quite an interesting remark about Roger Federer. While the interviewer was asking a question to the 7-time Grand Slam champion, he was taking the names of all the possible players who can be called the greatest players of all time in tennis.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021. Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Even though the interviewer took the name of Rod Laver and hinted at Roger Federer, he didn’t clearly address the Swiss Maestro. It was here when McEnroe interrupted him and said that it’s Roger only.

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“Maybe, it’s Federer,” mentioned McEnroe.

Even in the previous interviews, McEnroe has hailed Federer as the greatest players of all time. Even though he is captain of the opposition team, Federer loves to spend time with the American legend.

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Is Roger Federer playing at the Laver Cup 2021?

Federer is not playing at the ongoing Laver Cup 2021. Intriguingly, it is for the first time that he is missing any edition of the tournament. Even though he is in Boston, he is not representing Team Europe at the Laver Cup this year.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 .Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

The Swiss Maestro is about to undergo a knee surgery soon. Thus, he has ended his 2021 season with immediate effect and will not play any more matches in the remaining part of the year.

Roger Federer recently turned 40 and it will be interesting to see how long he can play now. Fans still back him and believe that he still has got a lot of tennis left inside him. Will he be able to win his 21st Grand Slam title before taking retirement?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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