Federer 'shocked', Djokovic 'hurt' by Murray retirement bombshell

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French Open victor Halep and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka collected their first major titles past year, and Kerber won at Wimbledon to capture her third in a sequence of eight different women's winners in eight Slams.

"Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon", said 20-time Grand Slam champion, who begins his Australian Open title defence Monday against Denis Istomin.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray held a tearful news conference on Friday saying he planned to bow out at Wimbledon in July if his hip allowed him to play on. Something was telling me back then that we'd have an fantastic rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. I work extremely hard in the matches as well.

"I think his injury of the hip is something certainly far worse than mine, my injury, because it's obviously something that he's been carrying for a while, for a couple of years".

Murray's support for women and the women's game was also appreciated by British No 1 Konta, who said: "There have been so many examples of when he has stood up for us - not just for women's tennis but women in general. That won't happen now".

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Top Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was mentoring world number one Simona Halep, said Murray was an example of the never-say-die attitude that separated the best from the average.

"First of all, a year ago 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. "But you can't manage that", he said.

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"Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar". For Roger Federer, it's a well-worn experience.

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"I can still play to a level - not a level I'm happy playing at", he said.

"The media always kind of puts him as a boring guy who doesn't give interviews well or something like that. Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an wonderful feeling and an incredible two weeks". It was the most demanding, engrossing and palpitating event I have seen in sport - and I wasn't even there.

"I don't know if that's also something that maybe is part of the equation". It's going to be uncomfortable.

"I don't think I should because I think that would be a mistake".

"I feel like time has gone insane fast since I won here. I've always been focused on tactics and winning and finding a way".