Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

"And I think she's fitter now".

"I can't say that because I didn't have that experience, but in some way I can speak about similarities that I had in my career. To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player".

Roger Federer knows how he wants his career to end.

Doubts about the second seed's ability to withstand seven matches on hardcourts were reinforced when he retired in the U.S. Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro a year ago.

"If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", the 17-time Grand Slam champion said at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Murray broke down on Friday when he told a news conference that the severe pain from his troublesome right hip had become nearly unbearable for him to play on.

Djokovic said the players council was "comfortable" with Gimelstob remaining a board member despite the charges against him.

'Whatever happens, I will always cherish our wonderful matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences Big hug Andy, stay strong'.

"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor.

World number one Novak Djokovic also paid tribute to Murray, saying he was "hurt" to hear the news of his imminent retirement.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

Spaniard Bautista Agut, seeded 22nd, won the title in Doha last week, beating Novak Djokovic along the way, and his relentless baseline game will give Murray's a thorough workout. "He will see life doesn't revolve around playing professional tennis". "That's always a good thought". I hope it doesn't end with an injury, I had a little bit of that threat a few years ago when I had the knee issue and I was able to come back again so I would like to go out on my terms.

"I'm fighting as hard and running as hard as I have done", says Evans, who reached the fourth round here in 2017.

"I can play with limitations".

"I feel like he left everything out there".

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.

"You didn't need to be on court to notice that he's struggling, that he's not moving as well as he normally does", said Djokovic, 31, who is just a week younger than Murray.

Annabelle Croft told Sky Sports News: "Andy Murray as left an extraordinary legacy, he won Wimbledon twice, two Olympic gold medals, Davis Cup champion, he finished the year as world number one, 45 titles to his name and I think everyone will remember him as an utter Braveheart on the court".

Now she's back, seeded 16th, aiming for an eight Australian title. The 23-time major victor is in the same section as her sister Venus Williams and Halep, who all start action on Day 2.

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