Roger Federer verdict given by Andy Murray ahead of injury return next week

Coronavirus: Roger Federer reveals how he's practising at home

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Andy Murray does not think Roger Federer needs any advice ahead of his return to competitive action. Federer has not competed since the 2020 Australian Open. The Swiss legend underwent double knee surgery last year which caused him to miss the remainder of the season and the start of this.

Murray has had his own serious injury issues himself and only returned to action last month.

The 33-year-old has sympathy for Federer and what he has gone through in the last 12 months.

“I think obviously, he’s gone through, you know, a difficult time for the last year and had the second knee surgery and stuff,” Murray said.

“So yeah, [sympathy] from that aspect.”

Federer will return to the court next week at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Murray is expecting the 39-year-old to reach the same level as before his injury and does not think he needs any guidance from himself.

“I would imagine that Roger would be the same and I’m sure he’s been training hard, he’s excited to get back out there and compete,” Murray added.

“He doesn’t need any advice.”

Following the tournament in Doha, Federer is set to compete in Dubai.

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However, his agent Tony Godsick revealed earlier this week that he will not be at the Miami Open later this month.

“After Doha and maybe Dubai, (Federer) will go back and do a training block to continue to slowly work his way back out on tour,” Godsick said.

Meanwhile, Murray was knocked out of the Rotterdam Open by Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.

Following his first round win over Robin Haase, Murray explained the pressure he feels whenever he steps on the court since his injury woes.

He said: “It’s not easy. “Every time I lose a match I’m getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I’m finished and got nothing left or whatever and it’s sad and all of these things.

“It’s not easy. I feel like I’m playing for my career just now, each time I step on court, which is a motivation in some ways.

“But it also adds a bit of extra stress. There’s a bit of extra doubt there and on top of that I’m playing with a metal hip, which is hard. Trust me, it’s not easy.

“So it’s a big challenge for me just now and one that I’ll meet head on, but it’s not easy just now. The last few months have been a bit of a struggle.”

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