Andy Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

Heather Diaz
January 11, 2019

"I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw. Making that decision, I think I can get through to this at Wimbledon, that's when I'd like to stop playing. I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at.

The six-times Australian Open champion Federer, who beat Marin Cilic in last year's final, could meet the Croat in the quarter-finals, should the Swiss come through a potentially tricky fourth round against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas. I can still play to a level. He then became emotional and left the room for several minutes to compose himself.

Second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, will open against Slovenian Polona Hercog, with a possible quarter-final against 2017 U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in the second week.

Murray played a practice match with Novak Djokovic on Thursday afternoon and it was clear all is not well in his camp, and the Brit revealed he told his team that he planned to retire after Wimbledon this season.

It will be the first time for Wang to head into a Grand Slam as a seeded player. But it's not just that, the pain is too much really.

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In his Instagram Murray had described the effects of a stubborn hip injury with words such as "demoralising", "hurting inside", and even including a picture of himself as a little boy, read less like a routine medical update than a cry for help.

"I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now", Murray said at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open.

Murray will go down as one of Britain's best ever sportsmen for his achievements in an era of tennis in which he has had to compete with icons such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

British number two Heather Watson takes on 31st seed Petra Martic from Croatia while Katie Boulter, playing in her first slam main draw outside of Wimbledon, meets experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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