‘Happy Slam’: Djokovic back to where it all began at Aussie Open

Sherman Parsons
January 14, 2019

Murray revealed on Friday in an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open that his time as a professional sportsman was coming to an end, revealing that a hip injury which has plagued him since 2017 is showing no signs of recovery.

He will face Robert Bautista Agut in the Australian Open's first round on Monday.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, O'Donnell said Murray had exhausted all avenues in his bid to return to the highest level.

'He has tried really hard and explored every option that has any real possibility of being helpful, ' O'Donnell added. "That won't happen now". Federer is chasing his 100th career title and 21st Grand Slam crown.

And 14-time major victor Djokovic hailed Murray in an Instagram post on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne. I think it would be bad if I changed in three months.

Serene Williams, one of the leading ladies in Tennis, will also look to strengthen her game on the court and pull herself out of the controversies that sparked during the US Open final. His birthday is one week before mine. "We had wooden rackets, we had to travel 10 months of the year, we played every week, we couldn't take family with us, we couldn't take any masseurs, we didn't know any of that, we played with injuries".

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.

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Federer has never lost to his first round opponent Denis Istomin in six meetings and could not recall that he had played Istomin here in the first round of 2006 - "I can't even remember that one" - but said he was wary of the fact that Istomin had upset Djokovic "a couple of years ago".

Halep goes into the tournament as world No 1 and last year's beaten finalist but the Romanian is also on a five-match losing streak, including a first-round loss to big-hitting Estonian Kanepi at the US Open.

The Swiss player said: "I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point".

Murray said he'd spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn't see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn't considering transitioning to doubles.

"It's not nice that he's going to be retiring but, at the same time, it's a nice way to reflect on his career and seeing what he's achieved". "But is a little bit different because past year I had about 10, 15 matches before Melbourne, now I have only one, which I lost it". It's going to be uncomfortable.

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