Andy Murray announces impending retirement from tennis

Andy Murray announces impending retirement from tennis

Andy Murray announces impending retirement from tennis

World number one Novak Djokovic gave Andy Murray a stinging reality check in the lead-up to next week's Australian Open, dominating the Briton 6-1 4-1 in a practice match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

The two-time Wimbledon victor visibly struggled to get through a practice match against Novak Djokovic at Margaret Court Arena yesterday.

Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.

Britain's Cameron Norrie has a hard task in facing promising American Taylor Fritz.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer were seeded second and third respectively. The 26-year-old has achieved a career breakthrough last season as she qualified for two straight semifinals in Wuhan and China Open.

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He said: "Ninety-nine is already an incredible number". I played him in his prime when he was virtually unbeatable.

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"I'm going to play. Reaching 100 would be truly very special for me".

After returning from a long-term hip injury, Murray is ranked No. 230 in the world.

The Scot did enjoy a winning start to his season with a victory over local player James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on January 1 but was well beaten by Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in the next round.

Roger Federer's bid for a third successive Australian Open title will begin against world No. 99 Denis Istomin, while top seed Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier in the first round.

Serena Williams, who is seeded 16th, faces fellow mother Tatjana Maria of Germany in her first competitive match since her tempestuous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka.

Denmark's defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who is battling health problems and poor form, is seeded three, one behind Germany's Angelique Kerber. "The pain is too much really and I don't want to continue playing that way".

"You guys see me running around a tennis court, walking between points, I know it doesn't look good and it doesn't look comfortable", he said.

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