Roger Federer ‘shocked’, Novak Djokovic ‘hurt’ by Andy Murray’s looming retirement

Andy Murray retirement

MELBOURNE, Australia- Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.

Andy Murray's surgeon has revealed it will be very hard for the Briton to continue playing until Wimbledon.

New experiences on tour are rare for World No.3 Caroline Wozniacki, but for the first time in her career she returns to Melbourne Park to defend a major title at the Australian Open.

Murray's retirement plan prompted questions about the future of 20-time major victor and 37-year-old icon Federer.

The 31-year-old sportsman underwent surgery on his hip a year ago, but has still been unable to play without pain.

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.

"It's sad for me, but for all sport, because Andy is a very respected and likable guy around the locker room", Djokovic said. He's Britain's greatest tennis player ever and you could say maybe Britain's best sportsman ever'.

"We've seen so many years of Andy Murray being one of the fittest guys on the tour, running around the court, getting always an extra ball back".

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"I didn't arrive to that point".

"When I played Roger, when I played Rafa, I wasn't as scared of those guys as I was of Andy". "I'm not feeling good".

Known for her humility and introverted nature in the past, Osaka left the attending media in splits at her pre-Australian Open press conference on Saturday.

Norrie comes into the tournament having reached his first ATP final in Auckland last week, although he lost to American Tennys Sandgren in straight sets. "We will miss him", he added. But today it's him, tomorrow another one. Not only cute but more self-aware and mature than Williams was in her US Open rant at umpire Carlos Ramos, an episode when Serena was anything but serene. "Our generation, everyone is more than 30". He also won the U.S. Open in 2012 and Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016. "But it is still so sad to see him so upset before the Australian Open and obviously hearing he is still playing with pain". Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.

Nadal kicks off his campaign in Melbourne on Monday in his opening match against Australian, James Duckworth.

Other detractors point out that some of the Slams she won involved only 32 competitors, rather than the 128-player draws Williams has faced throughout her career.

Nadal recalled a younger Murray - "a little bit a bad boy" - in the under-13s and 14s, but was full of praise for how his Scottish friend had evolved. "And yes, at the end of the day, you appreciate a lot your rivals because you shared lot of important moments in our lives". Murray's hope is to retire after Wimbledon, but isn't sure if his body will even let him make it until the summer.

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