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Nerves could jinx Serena’s record Slam bid, Court says

Triumphant Murray celebrates winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2016 Triumphant Murray celebrates winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2016
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2019, 17:57

Murray, who hopes to play through until Wimbledon but is no certainty to do so, has battled a chronic hip injury for much of the past two years.

At 37, he's still targeting records at his record-equaling 20th Australian Open: to be the first man to win seven Australian Open titles, the first man to win at least seven singles titles at two Grand Slam tournaments (he has eight Wimbledon titles), and the first man to win five major titles after turning 30. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

"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".

Tracey Crouch, the United Kingdom sports minister when Sir Andy claimed his second Wimbledon title in 2016, said she was "sorry" to hear of his retirement. It's just now that it's definite.

"It would have been cool to play doubles with him once", he said. "I said to my team, 'Look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon.' That was where I'd like to stop playing". "Maybe it just looks that way".

She added: "I was quite sad and shocked that he was retiring but still happy that he's going to be able to rest his hip and not have to worry about competitions".

British tennis players Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans gave their thoughts after Andy Murray announced his retirement plans.

Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer met Sir Andy when he was given the freedom of the city in 2014, and said he was "very nice" and "unassuming". We will miss him.

Bautista Agut, who beat world number one Novak Djokovic on his way to winning the Qatar Open last week, says he still expects a tough match, despite knowing Murray is feeling pain when he plays and could quit if he loses. I always tell him: 'Dude, you're so much better than Djokovic, you should have a way better career.

"I know he will be immensely proud of those achievements even though he will be disappointed at the moment". That's what I hope for him. Even if a lot of days you go on court when you have troubles or you go to the gym without having a real goal or without knowing why I am going there, because I don't see a benefit ... you keep going.

He said: "I've always been trying new things so this is nothing new in my career".

Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck after a day session on the main stadium that features Maria Sharapova, Nadal and No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber. "I think it's a positive to be here as the defending champion". He said, "I didn't realize that Amelie would find herself up against such criticism and prejudice...."

And Federer believes a combination of factors have aligned in his favour - some out of his control, others thanks to years of meticulous fine-tuning. "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well", she said.

The Dane, who revealed that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three months ago, returns to the scene of her greatest triumph with the pressure off after silencing her critics in last year's final against Simona Halep.