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Federer and Nadal on collision course in Oz open draw

11 January 2019

Three-time grand-slam champion Andy Murray is set to retire from tennis and could make the Australian Open his final tournament, admitting he can no longer play at the top level after enduring years of significant hip issues. "I'm not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months". "I said to my team, 'Look, I think I can get through this until Wimbledon.' That's where I'd like to stop playing".

"So I'm not feeling great", Murray said when he returned. I could live happily ever after on 99. Novak and Andy have played 36 times against each other on the Tour and five of those matches came at the Australian Open, never before the semi-final stage and four in the title encounter. "That's where I'd like to stop playing.' But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that".

The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor pulled out of last year's Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June at Queen's Club in London.

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"I've pretty much done everything I could get my hip feeling better".

"It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart".

"I can play with limitations". Murray has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip surgery last January, and was quickly dismantled by the six-times Australian Open champion at Margaret Court Arena before the players called time on their match after less than an hour. It would be nice to be able to do them without any pain, putting shoes on, socks on, things like that.

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"I'm going to play [in Melbourne]". Having the operation past year was to give it the best possible chance of being better.

Murray, who will turn 32 before this summer's Wimbledon, won the event in 2013 and 2016.

But he felt the Australian Open might end up being his swansong, given the pain from his hip had become nearly unbearable. "But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training".

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Federer and Nadal on collision course in Oz open draw