Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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Andy Murray's Former Coach Says Tennis Champion Wants Wimbledon Send Off

Andy Murray's Former Coach Says Tennis Champion Wants Wimbledon Send Off

Federer is chasing his 100th career title and 21st Grand Slam crown.

Based on her performance in singles and doubles at the recent Hopman Cup, Williams launches into the Australian Open leaner, quicker and more fit than she was last September, when she reached the finals of a second consecutive major within a year of a hard childbirth. Although media at the time, including The Times and the Daily Mail, hailed him as "the first British champion in 77 years", four British women have won a Wimbledon final since Fred Perry. "That's what I hope for him", said 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who begins his Australian Open title defence Monday against Denis Istomin.

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.

It comes after Murray fought back tears in his press conference, explaining severe hip pain would prevent him from continuing his career. He's targeting retirement at Wimbledon, if he can go that far.

In the opposite half of the draw as Novak Djokovic, the odds-on favorite to win the title, Federer begins against veteran Denis Istomin (Monday, 3 a.m. ET on ESPN), but things could get tricky quickly, with Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas in line before a potential quarterfinal against Marin Cilic, the man who pushed Federer to five sets in the final past year. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him. "Will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he have been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor". "It just maybe looks that way".

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And now a new one, will Andy Murray make it through the tournament and finish his career at home, at Wimbledon?

"He's a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend".

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

Murray's first-round match at the Australian Open will be against Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday on the tournament's second-biggest court. I know that will be hard. "But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training", the emotional Scot said.

Opening on the outside courts, Boulter plays Russian Ekaterina Makarova and Watson takes on Croatian 31st seed Petra Martic. "He will see life doesn't revolve around playing professional tennis".

"I definitely needed a little bit of luck", Federer added. "I think my first practice was on Rod Laver, and it was just nice". I couldn't believe he actually played. "It doesn't feel like it to me".

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