Federer 'sad and shocked' to learn of Murray retirement


Perhaps prompted by Andy Murray's shock announcement that this year's appearance Down Under will be his last, Djokovic allowed himself to wax nostalgic about the season-opening Grand Slam. It's unclear exactly when he'll be walking away from the sport, but it will likely be sometime in 2019.

Andy Murray has returned to the practice courts as he prepares for his final tournaments before retiring by the end of the season.

"His mental focus was something that, in retrospect, he probably will reflect on that and say: "Yeah, I should have done a bit more with that". "I have to go in and play aggressive myself, get a lot of returns back, serve well, make her move", she said.

Few people would have put money on Murray being the first of the "big four" of tennis to retire, and his imminent exit is a stark reminder that this golden generation can not go on forever.

Federer also added: "I think finishing healthy". Last year I drew [Kevin] Anderson, this year Berdych. He will continue playing through the Australian Open, noting, "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at". Angelique Kerber denied Williams in the Wimbledon final; Osaka followed suit at the U.S. Open.

Support immediately poured in from friends and fans around the world. "We will all be cheering for you these next few months".

Much like Murray, Nadal is battling the toll of the punishing style of play that's at the core of his game.

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".

"You didn't need to be on court to notice that he's struggling, that he's not moving as well as he normally does", said Djokovic, 31, who is just a week younger than Murray.

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

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"Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions - from speaking to psychologists - is the worst thing I should be doing".

"And I think she's fitter now. I don't know if that's also something that maybe is part of the equation".

"But I guess you can't do anything about it".

Eight different women have won the last eight majors, as if they'd made a pact to take turns claiming the game's greatest spoils.

As if the world No. 1 needed any assistance, right? The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.

"He is a champion reaching beyond his sport, especially by taking steps forward on the gender equality topic", former world number one Mauresmo told French sports daily L'Equipe. We've grown together playing junior events.

"Tennis is better with you", tweeted current world No. 6 Kevin Anderson.

"I'm still feel a little behind but that will come with more matches - hopefully more in the main draw".

This article was originally published by CBS News on January 11.