Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Nadal allays injury concerns, pays tribute to Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal allays injury concerns, pays tribute to Andy Murray

Murray is scheduled to play No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Arena, the third of the show courts.

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Andy Murray during a training session ahead of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer is the returning champion, but the GOAT is not the favorite for this season's Aussie.

Wozniacki revealed at the seasonending 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.

"I've been feeling good on the practice courts this week and missing Sydney has been positive for my fitness and my game".

"I will carry handsome memories from the court and off the court".

The former world number one hopes to bring the curtain down on his career at Wimbledon later this year. "I was at my cottage in Fife with my wife and I couldn't even watch the last set on TV".

Australian Open favourite Novak Djokovic had little opportunity to talk about his game during yesterday's pre-tournament press conference, as he was forced to defend some questionable decisions by the ATP player council instead. "I don't know if that's also something that maybe is part of the equation".

"I can't believe it's already been a year".

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Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International.

A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week's Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career.

"Of course, she's not number one in the world, and I have a lot of respect for the number one but I still feel that if Serena plays her tennis and she's herself 100 percent, I still think she's the best".

One man who has been touted as a potential replacement is Tennis Australia and Australian Open boss Craig Tiley.

He admitted that the ideal time for him to go out with a bang would actually have been after his incredible 2017 Australian Open final victory against Rafael Nadal.

By contrast, the 31-year-old Djokovic endured a miserable early Melbourne exit in 2018, followed by elbow surgery and a string of disappointing results that saw him drop outside the top 20. "Andy's earned everything he's ever achieved, is a hero to millions of Scots and we're all behind him".

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"Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar", added the Serb, who faces American Mitchell Krueger in the first round on Tuesday. He will continue playing through the Australian Open, noting, "I can still play to a level, not a level I'm happy playing at".

Federer, now 37, remains the chief threat to the Serb and he sounded a warning Sunday. "Look, I'm playing good tennis".

"But other than that, I feel like it's really individual, I think from person-to-person, how you react to different things".

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