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

14 January, 2019, 08:15 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Top seed Novak Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, is the betting favorite, but 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Australian Nick Kyrgios are among others to watch.

Few people would have put money on Murray being the first of the "big four" of tennis to retire, and his imminent exit is a stark reminder that this golden generation can not go on forever.

"I guess everybody can understand where he comes from".

Last night, the life-long Hibernian fan revealed he plans to retire from tennis after this year's Wimbledon - but admits he may be forced to quit the sport even earlier.

"He doesn't have many enemies, to be quite honest".

"It's kind of sad to know that he might play his last Australian Open but I do wish him all the best".

"I feel good. I practised very well these days".

"We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well", he added.

Federer's hope is that it is him and not his body deciding when it's time for him to finally walk away from tennis. But Edmond has been handed a hugely tough first round match against Tomas Berdych. "I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right - that hasn't worked".

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As long as the 33-year-old believes he can haul himself back to contend for Grand Slam titles, his motivation remains resolute.

"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". He successfully defended the title past year, his 20th major. You know, but only the first couple of matches will show where his level's at. "You've just not got to have many expectations".

"She is one of the top favourites, though there isn't the top favourites on the women's side like there is on the men's".

While two months' pregnant, Williams claimed a record seventh Australian Open title in the professional era in 2017 but missed out on her title defense while on maternity leave.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be walking in as the favorite for the title and is expected to meet Roger Federer, the defending Champion.

The Romanian has bittersweet memories from 12 months ago at Melbourne Park having reached her third grand slam final only to suffer another narrow defeat, this time to Caroline Wozniacki.

"Ideally, he would want to play there, but I imagine once you make the decision that you are going to stop it must get very hard to keep going with the rehab, never-ending exercising, and putting up with the pain".

The Spanish 17-time Grand Slam champion is returning after surgery on a troublesome foot injury, but insists he is recovered and raring to go.

At 37, he's still targeting records at his record-equaling 20th Australian Open: to be the first man to win seven Australian Open titles, the first man to win at least seven singles titles at two Grand Slam tournaments (he has eight Wimbledon titles), and the first man to win five major titles after turning 30.

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