Stay strong! - Djokovic hails 'brave' Murray as retirement looms

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

Murray is hoping to able to go out on home soil at Wimbledon in the summer but conceded Monday's match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne could be his last.

Despite the rivalry, Djokovic and Murray remained close friends, and Andy asked Nole to play a warm-up match at this Australian Open to test his body.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably saw Andy Murray announce he will be forced to retire from professional tennis this year.

"I don't think anyone will dominate", McEnroe added.

However, he played down the doomsday talk that followed his stagnation in the second half of previous year ahead of his first-round match.

Despite marvelling at his own ability to run up the score in the record books - 99 titles and counting - at an age when many would count him out, Federer seemed to trail off after an auspicious start to last season, when he won his first 17 matches.

But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.

Murray, the first top male player to take on a female coach in Amelie Mauresmo, questioned Sharapova's excuse that she was taking the drug for a heart condition and also criticised her racquet sponsor Head for standing by her after she was caught.

The six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time for the majority of the tennis world, including another legend Rod Laver, the victor of the last "real" Grand Slam back in 1969. But it was for a good cause.

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"On Friday, an emotional Mu" 's surgeon has revealed it will be very hard for the Briton to continue playing until Wimbledon.

"Hitting with Rod Laver for me clearly is an absolute dream come true", Federer said back in 2014.

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point".

"Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon", Federer added.

"His record is phenomenal and he did it all not only with humility and good grace, but also with a dry sense of humour that marks him out as a true Scot".

He told journalists: "I know I've got no chance of winning this tournament and most likely I'm going to lose in the first round". I'm not happy about that.

"I have covered six football World Cup finals and four Olympic Games but Andy's win over Djokovic that day is the most nerve-wracking occasion I can recall", he said.

Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible. It's going to be uncomfortable. "I've tried everything I could to get it right and that hasn't worked".

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