Roger Federer talks retirement plans following emotional announcement from Andy Murray

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Evans, 28, came through qualifying to reach the main draw of a Slam for the first time since a drugs ban past year and plays Japan's Tatsuma Ito in his opener. "He can play well in fast courts, and that's what it's going to be a little bit here as well", added the world number three, who has won all six previous encounters against Istomin.

"I'd like to go out on my terms": Federer hints retirement plan after Murray announcement Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer says that he hopes injury doesn't force his hand when it comes time to step away from tennis amid Andy Murray's tearful announcement that his career is coming to an end due to a hip problem.

"It's quite a shock for me honestly because we are the same age, the same generation", Djokovic told reporters in Melbourne.

"There is a big adjustment when you retire, you are going into a whole new world".

The 37-year-old Swiss star is now preparing for the Australian Open as he bids to win in Melbourne for the seventh time - and says he is not ready to put down the racket just yet.

"It is a similar feel to drawing Kevin Anderson in the first round a year ago, but I was in a good place and managed to come through in the fifth set".

With Murray doubting his ability to compete, Britain's best chance looks to lie with Kyle Edmond - now ranked 14 in the world.

Another Brit handed a horrific draw, Kyle Edmund is facing an incredibly testing tie against Tomas Berdych. "I've pretty much done everything that I could to try to get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads".

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"Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions - from speaking to psychologists - is the worst thing I should be doing".

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. Before I said without a grand slam, you are not a real number one.

Federer, meanwhile, needs just one more title to reach the magic mark of 100 career titles, something only Jimmy Connors, with 109, has managed.

If Williams were to win her eighth Australian Open, it would represent a powerful bookend to her triumph in 2017, when she won the tournament while two months pregnant.

While Halep looks to rediscover her winning touch, Naomi Osaka goes into a grand slam as a champion and favourite for the first time after her dramatic US Open victory.

Victoria Azarenka was the last player to successfully defend the Australian Open title back in 2013. Now that he's back to No. 1, fit, and on a two-Slam win streak... it's easy to imagine the Serb with his fifteenth Slam trophy when the Melbourne fortnight is complete.

Wozniacki, 28, insisted there was no extra pressure returning Down Under as the title holder, saying she was treating her upcoming campaign as "a nice, fun challenge".

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

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