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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retirement prediction made by John McEnroe after Wimbledon

ROGER FEDERER and Rafael Nadal will be difficult to replace but tennis will continue with the emergence of future stars, claims John McEnroe.

Roger Federer failed to defend his Wimbledon title last week, crashing out to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

Rafael Nadal went a step further before eventual champion Novak Djokovic sent him packing in a thrilling five-setter.

With Federer 36 years of age though, questions remains over how much longer Federer will compete at the top of his game.

Nadal, four years Federer’s junior, looks to be showing no signs of slowing down having won the French Open already this year and McEnroe reckons Alexander Zverev will be the next big name to dominate tennis once he retires.

The 21-year-old German is yet to win a Grand Slam and could only reach the third round o this year’s tournament in SW19.

Roger Federer's successor could be Alexander Zverev, says John McEnroe


“I think it's absolutely exceptional what Roger does,” said three-time Wimbledon champion McEnroe.

“We don't have to forget that this year he will turn 37. But the way he moves on the court is incredible.

“However, I think that time will reach him in a not too far away future. It's normal, it's the course of things.

“Will it already be this year? There aren't many ones who can beat him, that's for sure.'

“When it's about finding Federer and Nadal's successor, Alexander Zverev is my first choice.

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