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The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

"He enjoys the Australian Open, and has been very keen to play, but Wimbledon is the high point for him".

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic added their tributes to the outpouring of support for Andy Murray as the Scot gears up for what could be his final professional tennis match.

"That's tough. I mean, I think there is definitely a few exceptions in the game, and I'm sure that (Murray's) been one of them". We played lots of epic matches. "We like him. He doesn't have many enemies, to be quite honest", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor.

But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.

"He's going to fight as he did all his career", Bautista Agut said, adding: "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 percent".

He has admitted that hip pain could mean the Australian Open, where he has been a five-time runner-up, could prove his final event, however.

"I know how not well he was", said Federer.

"The way I've been going with my fitness and continuing to get that better, I'm pleased about". But it was for a good cause.

The father-of-two said although he hopes to play at Wimbledon in July, he may not be able to bear the pain by then and the Australian Open may be his last tournament.

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point", Federer told reporters on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam.

"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.

"He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend". Anybody would substitute their career with his.

After her breakthrough here previous year, she didn't get beyond the fourth round at the other majors, but says she feels like she's hitting the ball well. I was happy we had some rallies.

'Being honest, I am not in the council anymore, and at the same time, nobody from the council side came to me and asked me my opinion, ' he said after his first-round win over James Duckworth.

Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible. "But I know that it's likely that I won't and it's going to be uncomfortable".

Andrew, a former United Kingdom number 1, asked Mr Maclagan whether he expected the announcement from Mr Murray: "I thought he might get through this year, but clearly it's a lot worse than I thought".

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