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Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2019, 14:25

The first slice of history was created at the US Open when Murray became the first British man to win a grand slam title in 76 years, beating Novak Djokovic in the most dramatic of five-set classics.

Speaking to journalists before what could be his last public appearance on a court on Monday at the Australian Open, the three-time grand slam victor talked of his bitter regret at having to abandon competitive tennis and admitted he had "zero interest" in doing anything else.

And 14-time major victor Djokovic hailed Murray in an Instagram post on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.

Murray has often been considered, alongside them and Rafael Nadal, as one of the "big four" on the ATP Tour, even though he is well short of the Grand Slam victories recorded by his rivals. "When I hung out with him, he was amusing".

Matt Kerswell, Sport Aberdeen's tennis development manager, says Murray has boosted tennis' profile nationally with his three grand slam titles - he also won the US Open in 2012. "It just maybe looks that way". But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that'.

Andy Murray has broken the hearts of tennis fans worldwide by announcing his retirement.

"The news has hit us top guys hard", Federer, 37, said. He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

The end could come as soon as this week at the conclusion of Murray's Australian Open campaign in Melbourne, which given he faces the accomplished world No 23 Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round, is likely to come at the first hurdle. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2.

King, who has been at the vanguard for freedom and equality, once said of tennis' leading man on equal rights: "Andy's been great, and without even realizing it, probably". "I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago", Federer said.

Recalling his own experience of injury, the Spaniard said: "It is always complicated and sure that Andy has been dealing with this for a long time". He can play well in fast courts. Not a level that I'm happy playing at.

"I think one of the biggest things is that I go into the main media room now, so that's changed. That's always a good thought".

'I think his legacy of inspiring the next generation will live long'. "If he's proven guilty, that's a completely different situation for us and we have to address it", Djokovic said.

"I can't believe it's already been a year". It's not an obligation for me, I do it being willingness and I feel comfortable in doing it.

Wozniacki revealed at the season-ending WTA Championships that she'd been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, so she spent much of the off-season resting and recuperating and getting ready for 2019.

Fellow P7 pupil Katie Cullen also met the tennis star when he returned to the school, and she said he was "funny" and "very inspirational".

Serena's 2017 triumph Down Under gave her the outright Open-era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf's 22, leaving only Court's tally of 24 titles - 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 - for her to chase.

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