Roger Federer feeling ‘lucky’ ahead of hat-trick bid in Melbourne

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2019

However, the build up to the tournament has been dominated by Andy Murray revealing he is set to retire after this year's Wimbledon due to his ongoing hip problems - and that is only if he can make it.

But when Murray finally zips his match rackets away for the last time, be it after playing Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open or at Wimbledon in...

Murray, 31, announced on Friday that he meant to quit tennis after Wimbledon but also said that injury may prevent him from playing beyond this month's Australian Open.

"I think she came back to a very, very high level of fitness".

Novak Djokovic lauded the bravery of Andy Murray as he expressed compassion for the three-time grand slam champion following his retirement revelation. But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career. The tennis great underwent hip surgery previous year in hopes of relieving the pain and spent much of 2018 recovering. "That won't happen now".

Number one Djokovic and third seed Federer face a stern challenge from the likes of youthful force Alexander Zverev, seeded four, who is still looking for a first major to cement his place as torch-bearer for the next generation.

"His record is phenomenal and he did it all not only with humility and good grace, but also with a dry sense of humour that marks him out as a true Scot".

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

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Second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, has an opening match against Slovakia's Polona Hercog, while Petra Kvitova, fresh from winning the Sydney International on Saturday, plays Magdalena Rybarikova. Wozniacki says she's still learning how to manage her training regime, but after a restful off-season, she's ready to go.

"It was my first major trophy, that obviously served as a great springboard for my career", Djokovic said as he prepared to open his assault on a seventh crown against American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday.

"Tennis will come to an end for us all but the friendships will last a lifetime", tweeted tennis player Grigor Dimitrov".

"I have the option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I've had before - having my hip resurfaced", he said.

Porteous also posted on Twitter: "Fraser Murray and I couldn't have asked for a better role model". I won a grand slam finally. "I am confident it's going to work well". It's going to be uncomfortable.

Despite her ranking and performance past year, Wozniacki is ranked outside the top-10 chances at Melbourne Park by bookmakers.

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.

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