Ageless Roger Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Australian Open defense

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

He was 35 and coming off a long injury lay-off when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. "Our generation, everyone is more than 30 - these kind of things happen", said Nadal.

"I have covered six football World Cup finals and four Olympic Games but Andy's win over Djokovic that day is the most nerve-wracking occasion I can recall", he said.

"It was my first major trophy, that obviously served as a great springboard for my career", Djokovic said as he prepared to open his assault on a seventh crown against American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday.

It is the third successive season the 20-time grand slam champion has used the mixed-teams event as part of his Australian Open preparation and it proved successful on both previous occasions. That only fell when Pete Sampras won Wimbledon in 2000. Djokovic and Federer are on opposite sides of the draw, and can only meet in the final.

And victory for Djokovic would give him real belief he may yet be able to chase down the top two.

Perello studied business administration in London and is a project director for the Rafael Nadal Foundation.

Porteous also posted on Twitter: "Fraser Murray and I couldn't have asked for a better role model".

"It was good in practice and the off-season. Keep fighting ... You deserve to retire on your own terms". Again, look, I'm playing tomorrow.

A ideal off-season preparation coupled with a strong showing at the Hopman Cup has Roger Federer primed for his latest Australian Open defence, which begins on Rod Laver Arena tonight against Denis Istomin.

Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year - when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title.

"I'm playing good tennis. We will miss him", he added.

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

"I've been thinking about it, like where is that place? Sometimes life is more important, although it seems hard at that time". "I was more surprised to hear that there was sort of concern, or people were saying, 'What a bad second half to the year.' I'm happy where I am right now. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", the emotional Scot said.

"I had to go out into the garden and take peeks at it through the window".

Behind the top three, Alexander Zverev leads the charge of the young brigade, a growing group that includes world No 11 Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov, while Alex de Minaur and Borna Coric are also knocking on the door. As an athlete, that's probably the biggest obstacle and enemy that you can have: an injury.

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