Title favorites face tricky early schedule at Australian Open

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"Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time", Murray said.

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

"I can still play to a level, (although) not a level that I'm happy playing at". However, Murray later admitted that the Australian Open could mark the final tournament of his career. "I like to play attacking tennis, so I've come full circle".

"I've pretty much done everything I could get my hip feeling better".

The Spanish 22nd seed defeated Djokovic on his way to the title in Doha last week while concerns about Murray's fitness grew as he struggled through a practice match against world number one Djokovic at Melbourne Park today.

The three-time Grand Slam victor, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, hopes to bow out at Wimbledon this summer, but concedes that may not be possible.

The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their title credentials when play gets underway on Monday. The pain is too much really, I don't want to continue playing that way.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has broken down in an Australian Open press conference saying the Grand Slam at Melbourne Park may be his last tournament.

Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, returns as the 16th-seeded player after missing last year's tournament.

'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. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training.

Murray is drawn in the first round against the No22 seed, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

Defending champion Roger Federer, aiming for a third consecutive Australian title and a 21st Grand Slam crown, takes on Denis Istomin in round one.

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