Australian Open 2019: Five to watch in the women’s draw

Goodbye to a great How Murray won the hearts of the nation

Nadal was forced to retire hurt in the fifth set of last year's quarter-final against eventual finalist Marin Cilic, eight years after pulling out midway through his last-eight clash against Murray with a knee injury. "It allowed me to believe in myself that I can actually win the biggest tournaments in the world, challenge the best players in the world".

"I have a lot of places that are very special to me, thankfully".

The Dane achieved a career milestone at Melbourne Park to claim her maiden Grand Slam previous year, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

"I played him at Båstad previous year [Swedish Open in July] and he got me there so I'm going to have to play some really good tennis. The pain is too much, really, and I don't want to continue playing that way".

But since winning a fourth Wimbledon in July the Serb rose inexorably back to No. 1 by losing only three further matches - one of which was to Zverev at the ATP Finals.

Support immediately poured in from friends and fans around the world. She reached two Grand Slam finals.

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

"Every time you commit to someone in your team, you have to give 100 per cent. We will all be cheering for you these next few months".

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If Kermode is replaced, one man who has been touted as a replacement is Tennis Australia and Australian Open boss Craig Tiley.

It was a practice match against Djokovic on Thursday that laid bare the seriousness of Murray's continued struggles and led to him emotionally announcing his imminent retirement the following day.

"That information is completely confidential, so I can't speak about anything that we spoke about in that room".

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

"It's interesting", he told a small group of reporters, "because once I'd started thinking about stopping, all of the things that I thought that I would quite like to do, I have zero interest in doing right now". Anyways, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you.

"But I guess you can't do anything about it".

She continued: "Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come".

Current world No. 2 Rafael Nadal congratulated him on his incredible career.

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". It's hardly surprising that we're hearing this, when less than 3% of people shown playing sport in national newspapers are women.

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