Roger Federer's heartbreaking revelation about Andy Murray retirement

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However, she has reached two grand slam finals since returning from giving birth and the seven-times Australian Open champion will be raring to go after missing last year's tournament.

"I think especially as an athlete, you're even more aware of it". "But he's 31. Ten years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career".

"I hope it's going to be a nice match, it's a great experience for me to play in Australia in one of his last Grand Slams against him". But it was for a good cause.

Nadal remains the biggest question mark of the three, having not played competitively since the US Open, but the Spaniard has a favourable draw at the Australian Open.

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

"It's the worst thing in the tennis life, and the tennis career, you know, when you have injuries and you can not play or you have to go on court feeling that you are not ready or you are not 100 per cent", said the 30-year-old.

"I was disappointed and sad and a little bit shocked to know now that we're going to lose him at some point", Federer said at Melbourne Park on Saturday. "It's just now that it's definite", said Federer.

"I feel when she's playing at her best, she's the best player in the world", he said.

Speaking at the conference, he said: "Obviously I've been struggling for a long time, and I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now".

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"This year, again, we'll see what happens, but I'm very happy with the preparation thus far", Federer said Sunday in his pre-tourney presser. He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend.

Boulter, 22, says it is "incredible" to have gain direct entry to a Slam for the first time on the basis of her top 100 ranking, while 26-year-old Watson - who has won three WTA titles and is a former top 50 player - insists she still wants to achieve more in her career. "Anybody would substitute their career with his".

If successful here, Federer would become the oldest victor of a major championship, eclipsing Australia's Ken Rosewall, who must think he stopped too young and at 84 still looks as if he might come out of retirement any day now.

"I hope you can overcome this. I don't have to have it that way".

"Look, I'm playing good tennis".

"I celebrated until 5 a.m. actually for the first time in my life", Halep told CNN by phone ahead of the Australian Open.

"He has fought this erasure as well by fighting to get more women to play on Wimbledon's Centre Court, saying, "[They] need to maybe find a way of allowing for an equal split of the men's and women's matches across the tournament rather than just looking at one day".

Murray has interests away from the court and a young family, but admitted: "Once I'd started thinking about stopping, all of the things that I thought I would quite like to do, I have zero interest in doing right now".