Nadal shrugs off injury concerns, pays tribute to Murray

Nadal shrugs off injury concerns, pays tribute to Murray

Novak Djokovic lauded the bravery of Andy Murray as he expressed compassion for the three-time grand slam champion following his retirement revelation. He will continue playing through the Australian Open, noting, "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at". She was fit. I (have known) her now for a few years so I knew she could be much fitter but it's just a question of time.

"I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain".

"He challenged me time and time again and I think I played him in his absolute prime, when he was virtually unbeatable, when he was hitting sliding backhand passing shots on the line time and time again", the Swiss said.

Murray played in five Australian Open finals throughout his career, losing them all.

"As long as I'm healthy and I'm enjoying myself, I know it's going to be emotional anyway".

"I'm pretty sure (that's the case)", said the Japanese star.

Roger Federer admitted on Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose "legend" Andy Murray this year while long-time friend Novak Djokovic said the bombshell news had "hurt" him.

Top Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was mentoring world number one Simona Halep, said Murray was an example of the never-say-die attitude that separated the best from the average.

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"When you search for examples of "emptied the bucket to be as good as they could be" there should be a picture of Andy Murray sitting under that quote", he tweeted.

"We are very fond of him and he is a great person to have around the club".

"What I will say is, I think if you are going to play someone who has a little injury cloud, you want to play them early on in the tournament". But when somebody like him, he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practise, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so hard. I always had the feeling that we'll fix it.

"Big increases in prize money, pension plan, new events, doubles initiative supporter, new progressive rules for injured players & LL's (lucky losers), challenger increases, facility upgrades ++", he tweeted. "I can't believe it's already been a year. Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an awesome feeling and an incredible two weeks".

As far as the second part of it, do I see one of those other guys winning a major?

Bautista Agut is known for his baseline style, which could test Murray's hip to its limit. I think it would be bad if I changed in three months. "I love tennis. I love playing the game".

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