The Swede, who dealt with back issues in 2013 and freak knee injury in 2016 that led to surgery, saw fellow star Andy Murray, 31, announce his plans to retire this season because of the effect his injuries are having on him. On Friday, an emotional Murray stated his intention to retire from tennis at his home tournament later this summer. Both (Federer and I) came back from a very long time without playing tennis.
"It seems like he had not a very long career because today players are playing that long".
"Ever since I have known him he always wanted to be number one and win Slams".
"If you look at how unlucky things were with the incident here a few years ago when I ran the bath, I guess the knee, that part of the body was ready to go".
He faces the 21st seed Roberto Bautista-Agut in a tricky first-round clash on Monday.
The club unveiled a statue of three-time champion Fred Perry in 1984 and chief executive Richard Lewis said it could do something similar for Murray. 'He has tried really hard and explored every option that has any real possibility of being helpful, ' O'Donnell added.
"I can still play to a level - not a level I'm happy playing at", Murray said. "That won't happen now". Nadal is only three shy of Roger Federer's tally, a record the Spaniard feels is well within reach, pending fitness and health.
Djokovic faced Murray in a practice match in Melbourne on Thursday - winning 6-1 4-1 - and he admitted his friend's problems were clear to see. You can see it, it's quite obvious when you see her on the court, how she moves.
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"So it's sad for me, but for all sport, because Andy is a very respected and likable guy around the locker room".
"Once I learn how to really enjoy it and really find fun in what I do, I think everything else will take care of itself". Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev. His birthday is one week before mine.
"First time we met and played". We played lots of epic matches in the professional circuit.
The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam victor broke down at a press conference in Melbourne as he said the pain had become nearly unbearable.
"I would love Andy to be a commentator with me on Eurosport", he said. But it was for a good cause.
Top Australian coach Darren Cahill, who until recently was mentoring world number one Simona Halep, said Murray was an example of the never-say-die attitude that separated the best from the average. At some point when you feel like you're never going to get back to 100 per cent, you've had the success that Andy has had, you can only understand the decision.
"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point", Federer told reporters on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam.
The American returned from giving birth to her first child past year and went on to reach consecutive Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.