Rod Laver to attend Roger Federer's opening match in Melbourne

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

Having just claimed his ninth ATP title in Qatar after knocking out world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi finals, Bautista Agut is in the form of his life but doesn't relish the prospect of playing a "fighter" like Murray under these circumstances.

"He enjoys the Australian Open, and has been very keen to play, but Wimbledon is the high point for him".

Yesterday Judy Murray broke her silence over her son Andy's decision to retire because of chronic problems with his hip, saying it was "sad" that his career has "ended with an injury". "I think the way he could adjust to his opponents was one of his greatest assets and strengths".

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.

"Something was telling me back then that we would have an incredible rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come". What has made the fab four such riveting drama is not just the contrasts in styles, but also the weight of their rivalries, Djokovic for instance has played 135 matches against fellow members of this elite circle.

The six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer is the greatest player of all time for the majority of the tennis world, including another legend Rod Laver, the victor of the last "real" Grand Slam back in 1969.

"I know how not well he was", said Federer. I shouldn't be continuing to go through that for nothing anymore'. But it was for a good cause.

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"I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Federer, who is now ranked number three in the world, said: "I guess everybody can understand where he comes from".

The 31-year-old's 2012 triumph at the US Open made him the first British male to claim a major title since 1936 victor Fred Perry, who was celebrated with a statue at the All England Club in 1984.

He then choked back tears and broke down as he revealed that he hoped to end his storied career at Wimbledon, but the Australian Open beginning Monday could be his last event because the constant pain was so bad. He won everything he wanted to win.

Although Murray has spoken with psychologists, he's admitted that little has helped.

It was the big-hitting Estonian who stunned Halep in the first round of the US Open last summer before going on to reach the last 16, where she took a set off Serena Williams. I am happy with it. "Because of the way the last six months of competing has gone, I know that I could win", said Murray.

I will always cherish our unbelievable matches. "But I know that it's likely that I won't and it's going to be uncomfortable".

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