Andy Murray has thrown moral support behind Roger Federer after the Swiss withdrew from Roland Garros to protect his fitness for grass.
Like the 20-time Grand Slam winner, Murray has perhaps been through even more of the rehab wringer after a pair of hip operations than Federer, who underwent two knee procedures which kept him away for 2020.
Both are counting on the brief summer grass season to rescue their tennis seasons after months out of the daily grind of the Tour.
Federer pulled out of Paris as a precaution after reaching the fourth round with a win over feisty German Dominic Koepfer which lasted into the early hours of Sunday.
Murray, training for his own grass start at Queen’s club while Federer will play Halle, voiced his support for the Swiss; the Scot had been due to play this week in a Nottingham Challenger.
“To me it makes sense to be reactive based on how your body feels, length of matches etc,” Murray tweeted. “Sensible decision from him.”
Murray added: “In basketball, football etc, when returning from injury players are given reduced minutes to build up their fitness.
“In tennis you don’t have that luxury of just playing a set in a first match then two sets the next and building up that way
Main photo:- Andy Murray made his comeback at Queens 2019 in doubles with Feleiciano Lopez