Roger Federer says Andy Murray could well be fit in time for Wimbledon
Last Updated: 22/05/13 1:24pm
Roger Federer says Andy Murray is one of the fittest men on the tour
Tennis great Roger Federer says the timing of Andy Murray's back injury is very unfortunate for the British world No 2.
Murray picked up the injury during the Rome Masters and has already announced he will have to miss the French Open, which gets underway on Sunday.
However, 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer has backed Murray to be fit for Wimbledon, which gets underway on 24 June.
"What you don't want to happen is to get injured in this phase right now - right before the French, leading into Wimbledon," said Federer.
"I think that is what happened when Andy injured his wrist six years or so ago. Something happened in Hamburg and he missed the whole tour.
"The back comes and goes, as we know.
Injuries are part of the game
"Clearly, only Andy knows what he has, how much pain he feels, but those are normal tennis injuries to have, those wear and tear, niggling injuries.
"It's part of the game, it's what we do, we play with pain very often.
"The only problem is, if you play too long with something that hurts, it's just not so much fun any more.
"Andy is one of the fittest guys out there and I am sure he is going to be ready."