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

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

The pain is too much- Murray on brink of retiring

"If I wanted it that way, I could've maybe said it after the Australian Open [in 2017] when I beat Rafa [Rafael Nadal] in that epic final", Federer added to the TV network.

The first Grand Slam of the year is about to begin, and all the players will be eager to start the year on a positive note.

Murray's support for women and the women's game was also appreciated by Konta, who said: "There have been so many examples of when he has stood up for us - not just for women's tennis but women in general".

And Federer added: "It hit me hard".

"He enjoys the Australian Open, and has been very keen to play there, but Wimbledon is the high point for him", he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "You can not do what it is that you want to do, and you love doing. The problem is it's not his decision, it's the body's decision and that naturally hurts".

The former World No.1 shocked the tennis world on Friday when he announced he'll be retiring in 2019.

"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".

With Murray doubting his ability to compete, Britain's best chance looks to lie with Kyle Edmond - now ranked 14 in the world.

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"The way I've been going with my fitness and continuing to get that better, I'm pleased about".

Williams could be on collision course to face tournament top seed Simona Halep, with the Romanian now seeking to build on her maiden Grand Slam triumph a year ago at the French Open.

"Depending on how you match up with your opponent, who is going to win the big points, the margins are so slim nowadays that I'm just not thinking too far ahead". Now I feel refreshed to start the year, but still I am a little bit back with everything, preparation and matches. "Or I can do it, but it's not fun or enjoyable doing it any more".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and the United States' Serena Williams will head into the Australian Open as favourites to win the opening Grand Slam event of the tennis season.

Serena Williams was unable to defend her title here past year because she was taking time out after having a baby, and finished the season with back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the US Open. Victory for the 37-year-old would see her match Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles to her name.

Danish tar Wozniacki insists she is well prepared for the defence. "I am confident it's going to work well", he said.

The Serb, a six-time champion in Melbourne, has won the past two Slams, but Federer remains his chief threat.

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