Roger Federer is “the most beautiful player” John McEnroe has ever seen, according to the former seven-time Grand Slam champion. Many consider 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer to be the most visually appealing athlete to watch.
With his play, Federer makes tennis appear simple, and McEnroe confesses that he is one of those who believes that the Swiss has the most visually appealing style of play. I’ve never seen a player more attractive than Roger.
He resembles a modernized Rod Laver. Nadal has succeeded in that, but I’d never seen someone try harder than Jimmy Connors. I can connect to Djokovic being like a human dartboard, McEnroe said in an interview with The Week.
McEnroe laments not having played Borg more often.
One of the most illustrious rivalry was started by McEnroe and Borg in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The epic battle between Borg and McEnroe, however, ended far sooner than previously anticipated when Borg retired at the age of 26.
McEnroe acknowledges that he would have been more driven to win more Grand Slams than seven if Borg had continued to compete. “Absolutely. For both me and the game, it would have been better. It was merely a large hole. There have been 59 matches between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal so far, which is an absurd number.
I only played 14 with Borg. It was a terrible shame. McEnroe also discussed Wimbledon‘s decision to prohibit Russian players from competing. Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev, according to McEnroe, is not pleased with what is occurring in Ukraine, but he is unable to publicly criticize Vladimir Putin for fear of endangering himself and his family.
“It’s likely that Medvedev is not too pleased with what’s happening [in Ukraine]. But if he says anything, his family or friends might spend 15 years in prison,” McEnroe said.