Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

Murray will be a big loss - Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

He faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. "It doesn't feel like it to me". Everything was how I wanted.

"So, for me, it was important not to get frustrated by it (and hope) that maybe it was just a moment in time". "I said to my team, 'Look, I think I can kind of get through this until Wimbledon.' That was where I'd like to stop playing. But I played great in singles and in mixed doubles as well".

The Danish third seed preferred to concentrate on her own prospects, dismissing concerns health problems were affecting her game.

Halep's efforts in the heat put her in hospital the following day but she finally got her slam happy ending at the French Open, defeating Sloane Stephens. I won a grand slam finally.

"Of course, she's not number one in the world, and I have a lot of respect for the number one but I still feel that if Serena plays her tennis and she's herself 100 per cent, I still think she's the best".

The 24-year-old Yorkshireman is aiming to replicate his run to last year's semi-finals, but has been given one of the toughest first-round draws possible in the shape of Berdych.

"But nothing new for me".

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. I love to see Andre Agassi back in the mix.

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Halep begins the season without a coach but acknowledges that situation can not continue for too long.

"That's what I hope for him". I can not change fast.

"I had to go out into the garden and take peeks at it through the window". But when somebody like him, he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practise, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so hard. So I was not ready in the off-season.

"I'm still a little clogged up, but I'm getting better each day". Williams has reached the finals of the past two Grand Slam, and she looked relatively sharp at the Hopman Cup in Perth in the first week of January. Now she's back on the tour, seeded 16th, aiming for an eighth Australian title.

"He has also been blessed with two daughters and I think he's grown up with a really strong female role model with his mum and now his wife is also a strong character so he is surrounded by great, strong women".

You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and listen to every point on BBC Radio 5 live sport extra's Tennis Breakfast programme.

Dart, 22, won three matches in Melbourne last week to qualify for the main draw for the first time, landing her with a dream tie against her "idol" Sharapova.

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