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Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

Andy Murray breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11 ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament. — AFP

But, having won in London, the fourth-ranked 21-year-old, who will play Slovene Aljaz Bedene tomorrow, believes he has now "kind of figured out I have to have the same mentality when I play at Slams".

Holding back tears, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray announced his retirement from tennis at a news conference Thursday.

"It's quite a shock for me honestly because we are the same age, the same generation", Djokovic told reporters in Melbourne. I think I added on top of it.

He said: "We know who the usual (contenders) are and I'm part of that bunch".

The victory over Williams and everything that went with it swept the 20-year-old from Japan into a maelstrom but she has coped impressively and said: "I feel the same. The problem is it's not his decision, it's the body's decision and that naturally hurts".

"He has put that through in the way he has voiced his opinions and the way he has tackled some questions and issues that have arisen and I think everybody has always been very appreciative of him". I love tennis. I love playing the game'. But Edmond has been handed a hugely tough first round match against Tomas Berdych.

"Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads".

"I watched basically the entire match a couple years ago when he beat Novak here".

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It was a contrast to the way he started the year in Melbourne, where a sorry last-16 exit at the hands of South Korea's Chung Hyeon was followed by elbow surgery and a string of early tournament exits.

"If you are smart, if you are consistent and you know where to place the ball every time then you can be number one and you can win Slams on any surface". "You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways", wrote Kyrgios on Instagram.

"She is one of the top favourites, though there isn't the top favourites on the women's side like there is on the men's".

"I'm just excited. I think it's a positive to be here as the defending champion". The 23-time major victor is in the same section as her sister Venus Williams and Halep, who all start action on Day 2.

"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 on this day, you keep going", Nadal said.

"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". "I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about".

There are far too many exciting story lines that may meet their fate at the Australian Open which makes the event all the more hard to ignore.

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