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Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki open their Australian Open title defences today as Andy Murray takes to the court for what could be his farewell match at Melbourne Park and potentially his last ever.

On Friday, Federer's frequent foe Andy Murray announced that he would soon be ending his career after failing to adequately recover from a hip injury which has stymied his progress since 2017 - and Federer says that he hopes to avoid a similar fate.

Nadal said he was sad to hear another member of tennis fabled "big four", Andy Murray, was to quit tennis this year, possibly as early as next week, with chronic hip pain. "I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me", said Federer, the third seed. Those players will be eager to prove their class and need to be on top of their game to match the quality of some the heavyweights. "I hope I can put myself in contention as the tournament goes deeper, but we'll see".

"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well". "Not a level I'm happy playing at - but also, it's not just that".

"I know how not well he was", said Federer.

"Oh, right. I was, like, the only mixed doubles I played with was like (Max) Mirnyi and I think I was 16 or 17 maybe", she said of the former Belarusian professional. But it was for a good cause.

Federer, who is now ranked number three in the world, said: "I guess everybody can understand where he comes from".

His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors.

While I was playing my racket was feeling extremely heavy, that means I was very nervous which I really was because you don't want to miss a shot. Anybody would substitute their career with his.

Murray has never previously dropped a set against gritty Spaniard Bautista Agut but admitted he is in such bad shape physically that he expects to lose.

The American returned from giving birth to her first child previous year and went on to reach consecutive Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

"Whatever happens, I will always cherish our incredible matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences Big hug Andy, stay strong".

'Being honest, I am not in the council anymore, and at the same time, nobody from the council side came to me and asked me my opinion, ' he said after his first-round win over James Duckworth. "But I know that it's likely that I won't and it's going to be uncomfortable".

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