Federer 'shocked', Djokovic 'hurt' by Murray retirement bombshell

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Edmund, who is seeded 13th, missed last week's Sydney International with a knee injury but insists he has no fitness concerns going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year - when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title.

"If I wanted it that way, I could've maybe said it after the Australian Open [in 2017] when I beat Rafa [Rafael Nadal] in that epic final".

Of course, he's got strong competition from Novak Djokovic, who has won the last two majors and is also aiming for a seventh Australian title. Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches past year following surgery on his right hip in January. It's just now that it's definite.

"Something was telling me back then that we would have an fantastic rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. I'm just trying to learn my body, getting to know my body even better".

Andy Murray's retirement will be a big loss to tennis, and to feminism in sport, but no one would argue he made this decision lightly. But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.

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

The three-time Grand Slam champion announced his plans to retire from the sport on Friday and faces a gruelling encounter with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday.

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Despite being the outright favorite to win the tournament, Djokovic finds himself in a rather tricky region of the draw - with names like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Denis Shapovalov, David Goffin, Daniil Medvedev, and Kei Nishikori floating around as potential opponents. "I watched the entire game when he played against Brooklyn the other night".

"Realistically I don't think there is anywhere else to go to preserve his hip and get it better so he can continue to play".

Halep said: "I enjoyed the time at home a lot".

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

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

"I have good feelings in terms of the surgery". After her breakthrough here previous year, she didn't get beyond the fourth round at the other majors, but says she's hitting the ball well.

There are some intriguing match-ups at the Australian Open so we've selected five of the best you must keep an eye on.

Andy Murray during a training session ahead of the Australian Open. 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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