Roger Federer hits back at whinging young rival

Roger Federer has offered the perfect response after Alexander Zverev complained that the tennis season is too long.

The 21-year-old German played his 74th Tour match of the season on Wednesday and appeared to run out of steam against Novak Djokovic, collapsing to a 6-4 6-1 defeat.

He then spoke out about having to play for 11 months of the year.

“The issue is that our season is way too long. That’s the issue. But I’ve said it before,” Zverev, whose 55 match wins this year is more than any other player, told reporters.

“We play for 11 months a year. That’s ridiculous. No other professional sport does that.”

Many fans labelled Zverev a ‘whinger’, considering he gets to play tennis for a living.

And on Friday, Federer responded to the gripe with a big truth bomb.

Federer and Zverev. Image: Getty

The Swiss Maestro said the answer wasn’t shortening the season, but the players picking and choosing the events they play.