Legend Murray can be proud of achievements, says Federer

Doug Mendoza
January 13, 2019

"It's a great experience for me to play in one of his last grand slams against him so I want to enjoy the experience".

Zverev, 21, starts the Australian Open full of confidence after an impressive warm-up to reach the final of Perth's mixed teams Hopman Cup, despite his bad record at Grand Slams.

No player has suffered more despair in Melbourne at the hands of the dominant duo than Andy Murray, the Brit losing five finals to Djokovic and Federer. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

Djokovic leads those 25-11, including a 4-0 record in finals at the Australian Open, where Murray has been a five-time finalist but never won the title.

Tracey Crouch, the United Kingdom sports minister when Sir Andy claimed his second Wimbledon title in 2016, said she was "sorry" to hear of his retirement. "It's just now that it's definite", he added, acknowledging the era of the "Big Four" - himself, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray - was drawing to a close.

"It would have been cool to play doubles with him once", he said.

"But there's a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very hard to play against, especially in Grand Slams", Osaka added.

"Now I know how to manage better if that happens again".

British tennis players Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans gave their thoughts after Andy Murray announced his retirement plans.

"When I played Roger, when I played Rafa, I wasn't as scared of those guys as I was of Andy", Kyrgios said.

"I would have loved to have played him when he was in his prime as I am now, it would maybe have been a much more competitive match".

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

Murray will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday before deciding the best next course of action for his injured right hip.

"I always tell him, I look at [Novak] Djokovic, I look at how many Grand Slams he has won and the results he has had and I'm just thinking ..."

"The past couple of years have not been fantastic for me, I've scraped around and it is not good enough", Watson, now ranked 108th, said.

"I always had a good relationship with him".

"I can't believe it's already been a year. I think to that extent, we are kind of similar".

The youngster met Sir Andy when he returned to his old school for a visit, and he said the Wimbledon champion was "quite laid back" and told the pupils he hoped some of them would follow in his footsteps.

"I feel like it's just leveling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season".

The Dane, who revealed that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three months ago, returns to the scene of her greatest triumph with the pressure off after silencing her critics in last year's final against Simona Halep.

In the opposite half of the draw as Novak Djokovic, the odds-on favorite to win the title, Federer begins against veteran Denis Istomin (Monday, 3 a.m. ET on ESPN), but things could get tricky quickly, with Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas in line before a potential quarterfinal against Marin Cilic, the man who pushed Federer to five sets in the final past year.

Williams has been one shy of Court's record since winning the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant.

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