Federer 'sad and shocked' to learn of Murray retirement

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However, in the aftermath of the press conference, it has become clear as to the reasons for Murray's retirement having admitted to being left in tears due to the excruciating hip pain he has been struggling to manage for the past 18 months.

The 31-year-old's 2012 triumph at the US Open made him the first British male to claim a major title since 1936 victor Fred Perry, who was celebrated with a statue at the All England Club in 1984.

What Murray wants to do after spending almost his entire life playing tennis is to have some fun, play five-a-side with his mates, and fit in some golf - which might have been his chosen sport, if his father, Willie, had had his way, rather than his mother, Judy, who steered him towards tennis. "You can not do what it is that you want to do, and you love doing". Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come.

Porteous also posted on Twitter: "Fraser Murray and I couldn't have asked for a better role model".

"But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others".

Andy Murray 's surgeon has revealed it will be very hard for the Briton to continue playing until Wimbledon. "I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago", Federer said. He has chose to retire after he realised the pain would be too great to continue playing.

Childhood friend Rafael Nadal said: "We shared court in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things".

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However the surgeon who repaired Murray's dodgy hip has delivered a heartbreaking blow to that plan.

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"You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride", he said. If I am able to make that happen in a good way, that hopefully it will give me the chance to help me on my game longer term. Is not nice to finish like this because is great that you finish when you want to finish, not because of another thing.

Djokovic posted a tribute on Instagram to a man he has known since they first faced each other as 13-year-olds in 2001, concluding: "Whatever happens, I will always cherish our unbelievable matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences". "Because even nowadays, when you think everything is equal, you still need men, especially successful men, to speak up for women".

"He's been a fantastic player, champion".

"I know that will be hard. I know in the locker room whenever we hear him kinda stick up for us, we're like, 'Yeah, go Andy!" We played juniors together. And does it again. Last year's semi-finalist will face former top-10 stalwart Berdych, whose ranking has dropped to 57 after back problems saw him miss the second half of last season.

"Anyone who has seen Andy around the courts and the ground, will know even walking is painful, clearly that hip is giving him a lot of pain".

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