Nadal sad at Murray´s impending retirement

Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

By John PyeCaroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major.

A women's final previous year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the title.

The three-time grand slam victor has confirmed next week's Australian Open could be his last tournament as the pain becomes too much, and even in a best-case scenario he will only go on as far as Wimbledon.

"He is someone who simply never gets tired. In professional tennis terms he has seen there isn't a fix for this hip problem".

Novak Djokovic lauded the bravery of Andy Murray as he expressed compassion for the three-time grand slam champion following his retirement revelation. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon. It's just now that it's definite.

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"But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's done for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practice, to improve, and with a goal, then it's so hard, no?" "For me, it's just all the time making sure I get good massaging, good treatments, ice baths, stretching, do everything even more thoroughly than maybe in the past". Then she obviously, when she made the decision, she let me know before she let everyone else know.

"It's sad for me, but for all sport, because Andy is a very respected and likable guy around the locker room, " Djokovic said. "We like him. He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend", Federer said.

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

He will face Robert Bautista Agut in the Australian Open's first round on Monday.

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. In an era where world tennis was often divided on the issue of equality - of pay and status - for women players, Murray's was a supportive, firm and decisive voice in favour of gender rights.

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"I didn't realise that Amelie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice", he said.

"I talked to him a little bit yesterday actually, ran into him at the hotel". I think she's skiing right now. "Or I can do it, but it's not fun or enjoyable doing it any more". "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well".

Wozniacki defeated Simona Halep to win a long-awaited first slam title here 12 months ago but the rest of 2018 was a struggle and in October she revealed a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

It was a contrast to the way he started the year in Melbourne, where a sorry last-16 exit at the hands of South Korea's Chung Hyeon was followed by elbow surgery and a string of early tournament exits.

He has never taken a set off the Scot in three previous meetings but arrived in Melbourne after beating Novak Djokovic on his way to a ninth ATP Tour singles title in Doha.

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