Andy Murray’s career recognised with Wimbledon statue

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Amid the excited buzz of the season's first Grand Slam for the world's top players, there's also a weight of expectation.

Murray beat Novak Djokovic to claim his first Wimbledon title in 2013 before winning the tournament for a second time three years later.

Of course, he's got strong competition from Novak Djokovic, who has won the last two majors and is also aiming for a seventh Australian title.

Federer (+550), Rafael Nadal (+800) and Alexander "Sascha" Zverev (+900) round out the top four and are the only other players under 25-1 at 5Dimes. "We like him. He doesn't have many enemies, to be quite honest", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon. "It just maybe looks that way".

"And then maybe that day that it happens, maybe that is the end, or maybe I say I can maybe get a few more tournaments left in me, I don't know".

While knowing the limits of his body and full of praise for his team for being able to patch him up repeatedly, Federer admitted fortune had played a part in his longevity.

Were you shocked to hear of Murray's retirement? Of course, I've seen Andy struggling you know with his hip and with his fitness for quite some time now.

"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".

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

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He faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. I know that will be hard.

"It's just a matter of time when we will see some of them competing in the last stages of Grand Slams", said Djokovic.

"I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard", Dr. John O'Donnell said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek radio programme, adding that the player has exhausted every avenue in an attempt to soothe his troublesome joint. "It's a great experience for me to play in one of his last grand slams against him so I want to enjoy the experience".

"I'm in a better place than I was six months ago but I'm still in a lot of pain".

"I'm pretty sure (that's the case)", said the Japanese star. "I can't believe it's already been a year".

"I feel like time has gone insane fast since I won here".

She returned to the tour at Indian Wells past year and had a roller-coaster season, forced to pull out of the French Open fourth round with a pectoral muscle injury and was later beaten by Angelique Kerber in the final at Wimbledon. AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 - PREDICTIONS Percentages: Angelique Kerber 35%, Simona Halep 25% Serena Williams 25% Naomi Osaka 10% Sloane Stephens 5%.

Last year's losing finalist was beaten by Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the US Open in 2018 and the Estonian is a nightmare opponent early in a major. The 23-time major victor is in the same section as her sister Venus Williams and Halep, who all start action on Day 2.

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