SHOWS: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 13, 2019) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA - FOR NEWS PURPOSES ONLY.
NO RESALES) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIME AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION, ROGER FEDERER, ON ANDY MURRAY, SAYING: "Well I think it must've been a very long couple of years for him now.
I remember when I played with him in Glasgow and how not well he was and I couldn't believe he actually played, but it was for a good cause and he felt like he could do the two and a half sets that we played." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SIX-TIME AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION, ROGER FEDERER, ON ANDY MURRAY, SAYING: "Everybody can understand where he comes from, at some point you feel like you're never going to get back to 100 percent and you've had the success that Andy's 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.
But we're going to lose everybody at some point.
It's just now that it's definite.
Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, and really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon.
That's what I hope." STORY: As the tennis world continued to digest the prospect of Andy Murray's retirement, an evergreen Roger Federer pondered the "luck" of his longevity on Sunday (January 13) ahead of his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.
Murray's announcement that Melbourne Park could be his last tournament as a professional has made 37-year-old Federer's career seem all the more miraculous.
Seeking a 21st Grand Slam title and a record seventh in Melbourne, the Swiss will plough into his 20th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with a first round clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin.
While suffering an assortment of niggles common to all hardened professionals, Federer's only major layoff came in 2016, after he tore his meniscus when running a bath for his twin daughters.
It happened a day after losing the Australian Open semi-final to winner Novak Djokovic, but a year later, he was back raising a fifth trophy at the tournament.
While knowing the limits of his body and full of praise for his team for being able to patch him up repeatedly, Federer admitted fortune had played a part in his longevity.
The 31-year-old Murray has been far less fortunate, with major hip surgery a year ago doing nothing to stop the pain that has driven the Scot to distraction and the brink of retirement.
The Australian Open could therefore be the last time the 'Big Four' play together after dominating the Grand Slams for the best part of a decade.