Federer 'sad and shocked' to learn of Murray retirement

Emotional A tearful Sir Andy Murray broke down in a news conference as he announced his retirement from the sport

Who did he think he was, Roger Federer?

One of the greatest, three-time Grand Slam victor, two Olympic gold medals, world number one in 2016 and just a fine guy, a fine sportsman over the years but he never really recovered after his hip surgery 18 months ago.

And 14-time major victor Djokovic hailed Murray in an Instagram post on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The Australian Open gets underway with two big favourites in Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams tipped to take the titles. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

She returned to the tour at Indian Wells past year and had a roller-coaster season, forced to pull out of the French Open fourth round with a pectoral muscle injury and was later beaten by Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far. I watched him in many, many matches on TV and I tried to do things on court that he does very well. "I think it will be a huge loss for tennis in general, but also for the WTA". "Maybe it just looks that way". "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".

"I've had some tough ones against him in the past".

"It hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend", Federer said.

Andy Murray practices ahead of his Australian Open first round match with 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut. As Murray's Under Armour sponsorship came to an end in 2018, he confirmed that he would be using the gears by Castore during the Australian Open and also for the tennis matches in future.

Australia cops examine packages left at consulates, including India’s
Police arrested the 48-year-old man last night at his home in Shepparton, a 100km north east of Melbourne. Greek vice-consul Georgia Botsiou told SBS Greek radio it had received the package on Friday afternoon.

"I know what Denis did to Novak".

Federer is the miracle that has already happened, de Minaur the miracle Australia is praying to happen one day.

"Everybody knows when Andy goes on court he gives 100%".

"I have good feelings in terms of the surgery that I have in the foot".

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place? That's always a good thought". "I've always been focused on tactics and winning and finding a way". I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months'.

Wozniacki revealed at the season-ending WTA Championships that she'd been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, so she spent much of the off-season resting and recuperating and getting ready for 2019.

Wins at Wimbledon and the US Open last summer propelled Djokovic back to the top of the pile, an incredible achievement having dropped out of the top 20 earlier in the year as he recovered from elbow surgery.

Between them, Federer and Djokovic have won eight of the past nine Australian Open titles, and 12 of the past 15, with Marat Safin (2005), Nadal (2009) and Stan Wawrinka (2014) the only gatecrashers to their annual Melbourne Park party.

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