Rafael Nadal has responded to Andy Murray’s impending retirement


Andy Murray's former coach says the tennis champion would want to retire from the sport at Wimbledon, after admitting the Australian Open could be his final tournament. "I need a bit of time to get over it and then kind of know what my next steps are going to be".

"I think Andy has been suffering for a long time and I simply wish him the best in these last months of competition and hopefully he can take them in the best possible way", he added "I wish him the best for the future". "Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today. He has fought all his career and Monday's match will be the same", he said.

Be it an uncanny thirst for tennis history to tweaking his own game over 21 seasons on tour, it is hardly a surprise Federer's astute rationale would include looking after his body.

While two months' pregnant, Williams claimed a record seventh Australian Open title in the professional era in 2017 but missed out on her title defence while on maternity leave.

In the wake of Murray's announcement, tributes poured in from a multitude of sources, including numerous past and present players on the ATP and WTA Tour.

The Romanian threw a private bash for 110 family and friends at a Bucharest restaurant in celebration of her long-awaited, maiden grand slam title at the French Open in June and partied until the small hours.

Opening on the outside courts, Boulter plays Russian Ekaterina Makarova and Watson takes on Croatian 31st seed Petra Martic.

"When you look at the list of his achievements, starting with three grand slams, two Olympic golds and finishing world number one, there are no greater goals you can achieve in our sport", said the former world number four.

But the 28-year-old insisted she was managing her illness and was relishing the prospect of defending her crown.

"I haven't seen her play a match, so I don't really know", Wozniacki responded when quizzed about the American's form. He won everything he wanted to win.

Stranded on 17 slams for nearly five years before his extraordinary renaissance in 2017, Federer always believed Djokovic would cool after his white-hot run and give him another grand slam look-in.

"First of all, previous year she made an incredible effort to come back in shape after having a baby and actually she came back in a decent shape quite fast", Mouratoglou told Reuters in an interview.

Sir Andy was hailed as a "legend" by the Scottish first minister after the tennis star announced he will retire this year. However Halep has lost her last five matches in a row, Muguruza has an inconsistent record in slams and Pliskova has not yet quite ascended to the top tier despite some good slam showings. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him. I feel like it helps me play better.

"I think it's a pretty open tournament and I think an outsider can win it". That became less of an option for Murray, who is contemplating further surgery just to cut down on the pain he feels when he's doing such simple things as putting on his shoes and socks.

But Murray is well aware that he faces a daunting challenge on Monday against Bautista Agut, who beat Djokovic in Doha just over a week ago.

The draw is out and the players know their fates.

"I wasn't, no. To be honest, I wasn't", top-ranked Djokovic said.