Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

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The Briton is aiming to retire after this year's Wimbledon but Monday's Australian Open first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut could end up being the last of his career.

Two-time Wimbledon victor Andy Murray has targeted next summer's grass court championship in London as his stage to step away from tennis but the Scot's surgeon says that his hip injury may prohibit him from making it that far.

Unfortunately, the response was terrible as Andy had to withdraw when he was 1-6 1-4 to later announce his imminent retirement from tennis because he struggles too much with his hip. I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me.

Which brings us to his match with Bautista Agut, the 30-year-old Spaniard who could be the last man ever to share a court with Murray at a professional level.

"I think everybody has always been very appreciative of him".

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"The top are very close, there isn't a dominant figure that we know is going to win all of the time".

Hello. Maybe, just maybe, this is all building up to the unlikeliest of happy endings.

Melbourne Park is a place that will hold a lot of disappointment and regret for Murray when he looks back on his career, having been a five-time runner-up at the Australian Open, and the tournament is unlikely to hold fond memories this year either. "I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago", Federer said.

In today's column, Judy, who is at his side in Melbourne, writes: "Though these are hard days right now, I'm sure Andy will continue to have a huge impact on the world of tennis". But it was for a good cause.

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point".

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"Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it's smoother than the other guys", said Federer, who is renowned for a style that appears nearly effortless, and his stunning, single-handed backhand.

While I was playing my racket was feeling extremely heavy, that means I was very nervous which I really was because you don't want to miss a shot.

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. Anybody would substitute their career with his. Because of the way the last six months of competing have gone, I could win but it's likely that I won't. I need time to get over it and then to know what my next steps are going to be.

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

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