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Former World No.1 Amelie Mauresmo coached Murray from 2014-16 Andy Murray and women's tennis An appreciation
Cassandra Castillo | 13 January, 2019, 17:58

But when Murray finally zips his match rackets away for the last time, be it after playing Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open or at Wimbledon in...

Murray has twice won the Wimbledon tournament, including a 2013 title that marked the first time a British man had won the event since 1936.

"But there's a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very hard to play against, especially in Grand Slams", Osaka added. "I don't know if that's also part of the equation". "He has fought all his career and Monday's match will be the same", he said.

The head to head between Nick and Andy is 5-1 for Murray.

January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park.

Federer begins his Australian Open title defence on Monday against Denis Istomin.

That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men's tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.

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

Could Wimbledon - the scene for eight of Federer's 20 slams - be where the world number three eventually calls time on his illustrious career?

Australian great Margaret Court has predicted nerves could undermine Serena Williams' bid to match her record 24 singles majors at Melbourne Park, clearing the way for an outsider to snatch the title.

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"She has been so successful in the game". I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me.

'Thinking about what I do when I finish playing and rushing into decisions - from speaking to psychologists - is the worst thing I should be doing.

"I think for me, every time I step into a tournament, I want to win it".

She achieved a career milestone previous year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

The 33-year-old Czech struggled for fitness last season, dropping outside of the world's top 50 as a result, but showed signs of his recovery by reaching the Qatar Open final last week. Her Melbourne record was patchy before previous year.

"He was always my favorite", said German player Andrea Petkovic. I am a positive guy.

Number one Djokovic and third seed Federer face a stern challenge from the likes of youthful force Alexander Zverev, seeded four, who is still looking for a first major to cement his place as torch-bearer for the next generation.

Evans, 28, came through qualifying to reach the main draw of a Slam for the first time since a drugs ban a year ago and plays Japan's Tatsuma Ito in his opener.

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

" After so many years competing at the top level, to then feel you have a limitation that does not let you do what you want to do, it is a daily agony that makes you want to give up for your physical and mental health."

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