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11 January, 2019

Six-time Melbourne Park champion Federer, seeded No.3 for his quest for a hat-trick of Australian Open crowns and a record seventh AO titles in all, opens his 2019 campaign against world No. 99 Denis Istomin, while fellow six-time Melbourne victor and men's top seed Novak Djokovic plays a qualifier in the first round.

Andy Murray said Friday he plans to retire and is targeting this year's Wimbledon as the final tournament of his career - if he can keep playing that long.

"He [Djokovic] continues to challenge me".

"Wimbledon is where i would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that".

The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year took place on Thursday, as the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learned what their potential paths to the trophy would look like. I have been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

He said he could still "play to a level, but not a level I'm happy about".

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The fan, Australian teenager Jordyn Kollmorgen, posted that Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was the inspiration behind her love for tennis. But it's not just that, the pain is too much really. "But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that". Andy Murray hopes to go far as he steps up his comeback from injury, while controversial home favourite Nick Kyrgios is bound to attract attention - good or bad.

"I can play with limitations, but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training".

'I have an option to have another operation, which is little more severe than what I've had before but would give me a better quality of life.

Asked whether this would be his final tournament, he responded: 'There's a chance of that, yeah, for sure.

British number two Heather Watson takes on 31st seed Petra Martic from Croatia while Katie Boulter, playing in her first slam main draw outside of Wimbledon, meets experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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