Nadal ready to let rip remodelled serve at Australian Open

Nadal ready to let rip remodelled serve at Australian Open

Nadal ready to let rip remodelled serve at Australian Open

During the press conference in Melbourne the 31-year-old said that "the pain [in his hip] is too much", despite undergoing surgery.

"2017 (Australian Open was) a special situation".

Murray, 31, announced on Friday that he meant to quit tennis after Wimbledon but also said that injury may prevent him from playing beyond this month's Australian Open.

He then emotionally revealed that he hoped to end his storied career at Wimbledon, but admitted the Australian Open may be his last event because the constant pain was so bad. I'm not happy about that. "But also, it's not just that". He won everything he wanted to win.

Murray is hoping to be able to go out on home soil at Wimbledon in the summer but conceded Monday's match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne could be his last.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, is the betting favorite, but 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Australian Nick Kyrgios are among others to watch.

O'Donnell operated on Murray's hip injury last January, and the three-time Grand Slam victor acknowledged and thanked his doctor and staff for looking after him.

But he was knocked out in the second round on his return at Brisbane last week and called it quits on Thursday after less than an hour of a practice match in Melbourne against Djokovic, with his movement clearly hampered.

And 14-time major victor Djokovic hailed Murray in an Instagram post on the eve of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Murray has won three Grand Slam titles - two at Wimbledon (2013 and 2016) following his first at the U.S. Open in 2012 - and helped Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015.

Roger Federer has said he was sad and shocked to learn of Andy Murray's retirement plans.

At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall.

But, amid all the physical challenges, Nadal and his coaching team of Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig found time to remodel his serving action in a bid to take some of the strain off the 32-year-old's body.

If he is to fall at the first hurdle, it could mark the sad end the career of arguably Britain's greatest ever sportsman, Sir Andy Murray.

"But we're going to lose everybody at some point. Maybe also the way I play tennis, maybe it's smoother than the other guys", said Federer, renowned for his flowing movement around the court.

"Throughout my career, I've been very lucky that in the off-seasons I never had any setbacks", he told reporters at Melbourne Park. Anyways, I just want you to know, and I'm sure you already do, everyone wants you to keep fighting and to keep being you.

Nadal was absolutely gutted the way the Scot has to force his retirement but supported him thoroughly as he thinks that it will be beneficial for both the player and his family.

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