Ageless Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Open defence

Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

"I think especially as an athlete, you're even more aware of it". Of course, I've seen Andy struggling you know with his hip and with his fitness for quite some time now. Your hard work and perseverance taught me so much.

But when Murray finally zips his match rackets away for the last time, be it after playing Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open or at Wimbledon in...

And Djokovic said Sunday he was delighted to be back in Melbourne where his rise to greatness all began in 2008 with his first Grand Slam win.

"So, for me, it was important not to get frustrated by it (and hope) that maybe it was just a moment in time".

Konta is in a loaded top quarter of the draw that also includes world number one Simona Halep, who faces a rematch with her US Open conqueror Kaia Kanepi, and Serena and Venus Williams. As the saying goes, "you can't be what you can't see", and by raising the visibility of his female colleague's achievements, Andy has helped to create role models for women and girls around the world.

"The past couple of years have not been fantastic for me, I've scraped around and it is not good enough", Watson, now ranked 108th, said.

Leading lights from sport and politics paid tribute to Andy Murray as one of Britain's "greatest sportsmen" after he tearfully announced his plan to retire from tennis.

"I think it might happen", Mouratoglou said of Williams' hopes for a 24th Grand Slam title. "He would make a fantastic ambassador not just for Scottish sport but for British sport in general".

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"When you are going on court every day without the clear goal because you can not move well, you have pain, then is a moment to take a decision", Nadal said of Murray's decision.

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam victor, but played in 11 finals in total.

"Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime", tweeted tennis player Grigor Dimitrov".

Djokovic posted a tribute on Instagram to a man he has known since they first faced each other as 13-year-olds in 2001, concluding: "Whatever happens, I will always cherish our fantastic matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences".

"Nick plays Milos Raonic, that'll be a ding-dong serving affair, definitely not easy for either player, and trust me, Milos would not have wanted to get Nick first round".

"I'm happy. I'm enjoying the time".

Murray said he had an option of another operation on his troublesome hip, but it was more about his quality of life after hanging up his racquet.

"Last year after Australia it took a while until I won a match again, so there are always those sort of silver linings, you could say". I think it would be bad if I changed in three months. "You are one insane tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today isn't only a sad day for you and your team, it's a sad day for the sport and for everyone you've had an impact on".

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