Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Federer 'sad and shocked' to learn of Murray retirement

Andy Murray feeling the love as he aims for Wimbledon goodbye Andy Murray: As He Leaves Tennis, May His Example Be Followed
Frederick Owens | 13 January, 2019, 19:08

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

The victory over Williams and everything that went with it swept the 20-year-old from Japan into a maelstrom but she has coped impressively and said: "I feel the same. I don't have to have it that way".

Swiss star Federer admits that he is unsure when he will leave the sport, but he wants to do it on his own terms.

In fact, he said the ideal farewell may have already passed.

"If I wanted it that way, I could've maybe said it after the Australian Open [in 2017] when I beat Rafa [Rafael Nadal] in that epic final", Federer added to the TV network.

He also told CNN he will not do a farewell tour with former coach and childhood idol Stefan Edberg advising against the move.

The Serb, who turns 32 in May, shares the record with Federer and the legendary Australian Roy Emerson, who held the overall Grand Slam record of 12 titles. He didn't tally as many titles as the other members of the Big Four, but he broke decades-long droughts for British men in majors and at Wimbledon, and became the first player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics.

"The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did".

"I think he probably just wants that big send off at Wimbledon, to enjoy that crowd one more time". "We know each other since a very long, long time ago", Nadal said, before breaking into a smile.

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After Murray's retirement, he only had one thing on his mind. But after overcoming an elbow injury that required surgery, he stormed to Wimbledon and US Open titles last summer, taking his Grand Slam tally to 14 and propelling him back to the world No. 1 spot.

"So, for me, it was important not to get frustrated by it (and hope) that maybe it was just a moment in time".

"When the day arrives I can not do it will be the day to go and do another thing".

"I am really looking forward to going to Melbourne and being a defending champion and grand slam champion", she said. Pretty much done everything I could to make my hip feel better. Then you just listen extra.

For me, I've got Novak facing off against Kei in the quarterfinal, and - given his track record against the Japanese player (15-2 over the years) - I've got Novak advancing through to the semis.

During the press conference preceding the Australian Open, Kyrgios shared his thoughts about Andy and his career.

Nadal's plan for longevity revolves around playing fewer tournaments and resting whenever he has persistent injuries.

She returned to the tour at Indian Wells previous year and had a roller-coaster season, forced to pull out of the French Open fourth round with a pectoral muscle injury and was later beaten by Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon. "Andy's earned everything he's ever achieved, is a hero to millions of Scots and we're all behind him". "Our generation, everyone is more than 30".

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