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SportNadal: Murray right to signal end

14:55  12 january  2019
14:55  12 january  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Neither Murray nor Djokovic could be sure when they will play again, but long breaks or even some form of surgery might be in order to prolong their careers into their thirties. The hip complaint that had been troubling Murray for months was an issue on Wednesday. Djokovic's struggles continued as he

Andy Murray is a professional tennis player who is the current world No. 262 in the ATP rankings. He is the reigning Olympic champion, having won the men's singles tennis tournament at the 2016 Rio

Rafael Nadal expressed his sadness at Andy Murray's impending retirement but supported the decision as the right move for the Scot's mental health.

A tearful Murray revealed on Friday the pain in his hip has become too much to bear and - although he hopes to bow out at Wimbledon - admitted the Australian Open could be his final tournament.

"Of course it's very bad news," said Nadal.

"But when somebody like him - he achieved almost 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 practice, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so difficult.

"Probably he is fighting to keep going since a long time. If he doesn't feel that the thing can go better, probably he does the right thing for his mental health.

"It will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he has been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. But that's life."

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Rafael Nadal Parera (Catalan: [rəf(ə)ˈɛl nəˈðal pəˈɾeɾə], Spanish: [rafaˈel naˈðal paˈɾeɾa]; born 3 June 1986) is a Spanish professional tennis player

Andy Murray began his ATP World Tour Finals campaign with a convincing win over Spain's David Ferrer in London. The Briton, 28, won 6-4 6-4 at the O2 Arena and will next play Rafael Nadal , who brushed aside Stan Wawrinka 6-3 "He fought hard right to the end and made it extremely difficult.

Murray's imminent exit is a stark reminder this golden generation cannot go on forever, something Nadal touched upon.

"It seems like he had not a very long career but he's 31," added Nadal.

"Ten years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career. We will miss him.

"But today it's him, tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore. Our generation, everyone is more than 30."

Nadal was a junior rival of Murray and the pair have known each other for 20 years.

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Murray controls the next point, driving Nadal from right to left and back again. Murray * 1-0 Nadal (*denotes server of described game): This could well be a grinding match. The first two points are extensive rallies ending with Nadal sending a pair of forehands long after some impressive defensive

MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal is not overly disappointed at losing to Andy Murray for the second straight year at his home tournament. Following the 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Murray in the Madrid Open semifinals on Saturday, Nadal said he was on the right path heading into the French Open, which starts in 15 days.

"When he was a kid, he was little bit a bad boy," Nadal said with a smile.

"I always had a good relationship with him. We shared the court in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things. That's impossible to forget."

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