Roger Federer talks retirement plans following emotional announcement from Andy Murray

Carrie Guzman
January 13, 2019

ESPN and Tennis Channel have full coverage of the Australian Open, with men's and women's finals being shown on ESPN.

Slated to square off with Federer in the semi-finals, second-seeded Nadal also opens his campaign on Monday, the Spanish superstar playing Australian wildcard James Duckworth. At some point when you feel like you're never going to get back to 100 per cent, you've had the success that Andy has had, you can only understand the decision.

"I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully". I didn't really believe in my physicality. But I don't complain.

"Obviously to see him struggle so much and go through so much pain, it's very sad and it hurts me as his long-time friend, colleague, rival".

He added: 'Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today... "I'm looking forward actually to start it".

"Probably he is fighting to keep going since a long time".

The programme even reaches his beloved Hibernian Football Club, where two players are under the Grand Slam winner's stewardship.

Murray was the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and will be remembered for battling his way to world number one in 2016 during a golden era for men's tennis alongside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.

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.

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"I am happy with the motivation to do something new". Her Melbourne record was patchy before previous year.

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

Halep begins the season without a coach but acknowledges that situation can not continue for too long.

"I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon". I think she's skiing right now. But when somebody like him, he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing 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 practise, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so hard. So I was not ready in the off-season.

"All I can say is that I feel good". At this level it is impossible without a coach.

Osaka was the eighth different victor of the women's title in the last eight slams but it would be a surprise if she did not achieve more success very soon.

I hope he makes it to Wimbledon, he deserves to exit the game on his terms.

"I think you just always try to figure out what's working and what's not, then you listen to the body, you try a few different things", Wozniacki said. "Honestly, I just want to hold the trophies". Players accumulate injuries, but his have been low-grade and to parts that don't matter so much; no hips or back for instance.

Osaka faces Pole Magda Linette in her first-round match on Tuesday.

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