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

13 Janvier 2019

Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. 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.

Williams has been one shy of Court's record since winning the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant.

"He's a normal person", said Nick Kyrgios, whom Murray took under his wing when the Australian was an up-and-coming player. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.

For a player who operated largely in the slipstream of the greats of his era - Rafael Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic - Murray's success ensures he has firmly earned his place in the annals of tennis history. "Because of the way the last six months of competing has gone, I know that I could win", said Murray. "It just maybe looks that way".

"Could have happened easily in the match against Novak, but it didn't, maybe because I was warmed up".

"Roddick said, "... I'll miss the long matches, but I think it's a positive change".

Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer met Sir Andy when he was given the freedom of the city in 2014, and said he was "very nice" and "unassuming". We like him. He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

Murray, 31, has been battling a long-term hip injury, but still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

Even with Djokovic and Nadal still formidable opponents and the growing emerging talent making their mark it should be no shock for Federer to lift the Norman Brookes trophy on Arthur Ashe Stadium later this month.

"But I know that tennis is not forever".

The annual grass court championship in London is seen by most as the flagship tournament on the tennis calendar and, much like Murray, Federer sees the it as an ideal stage for him to step down when the time comes. He can play well in fast courts. "I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

He added: 'Genuinely been very touched by all of the messages and support from everybody today... "That's always a good thought". 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. He said, "I didn't realize that Amelie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice...." I didn't really believe in my physicality.

What few knew as her season drew to a close was that the indefatigable Dane had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease that can cause swelling and pain in the joints.

Fellow P7 pupil Katie Cullen also met the tennis star when he returned to the school, and she said he was "funny" and "very inspirational".

The Romanian threw a private bash for 110 family and friends at a Bucharest restaurant in celebration of her long-awaited, maiden grand slam title at the French Open in June and partied until the small hours.

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