Ageless Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Open defence


In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself once it had resumed, he confirmed he'd play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn't sure how much longer he could continue beyond that.

"Ideally he would want to play there, but I imagine once you make the decision that you are going to stop it must get very hard to keep going with the rehab, never-ending exercising, and putting up with the pain".

Wozniacki - who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis - told reporters: "I think it's sad, I'm sad on behalf of Andy because Andy is so fun for me to watch". Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches previous year following surgery on his right hip in January. But he's 31 - 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.

"I hope it doesn't end with an injury", Federer said to of his own career. "That won't happen now".

Zverev, 21, starts the Australian Open full of confidence after an impressive warm-up to reach the final of Perth's mixed teams Hopman Cup, despite his awful record at Grand Slams. I am happy with it.

"I think the focus really is on those early rounds, especially tomorrow", said Federer, whose victory against Marin Cilic in last year's final was his 20th Grand Slam title. "I try just to improve more in my game and see how good I can be in the future". "But you can't manage that", he said.

The 31-year-old's 2012 triumph at the US Open made him the first British male to claim a major title since 1936 victor Fred Perry, who was celebrated with a statue at the All England Club in 1984. I can say it's nearly done.

Murray has never previously dropped a set against gritty Spaniard Bautista Agut but admitted he is in such bad shape physically that he expects to lose.

"We're trying to increase the number of players that are able to travel around the world, not just cover expenses, have the full team, have a decent living out of the sport that they play".

Top seed Djokovic, who launches his campaign for a record seventh crown against American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday, said he also enjoyed strong support from Melbourne's large Serb community. It's hardly surprising that we're hearing this, when less than 3% of people shown playing sport in national newspapers are women. Because of the way the last six months of competing have gone, I could win but it's likely that I won't. It's going to be uncomfortable.

"But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing for such a long time already. probably he does the right thing for his mental health". Istomin had a shocking secondround win over Djokovic in 2017.