Djokovic shocked at Andy Murray's retirement plans

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Published on January 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

Djokovic shocked at Andy Murray's retirement plans

Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Andy Murray after hearing the Scot plans to retire this year.

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Djokovic shocked at Andy Murray's retirement plans

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING: "I don't know - I mean it's quite a shocker for me honestly because we're the same age, same generation and it's kind of sad to see him going through what he has been going through in the last couple years with his injuries.

You know as someone who has been through a major injury with my elbow, in the last couple of years, I can definitely you know empathise with him and relate to what he's going through, obviously, probably the extent of his injury is even worse than mine." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING: "He's a great champion, he's a friend of mine that I grew up with, since we were 11, 12 years old we've known each other.

We've been rivals and we played some epic matches all over the world, so you know it's kind of sad to know that he might play his last Australian Open but I do wish him all the best.

I know he's the father of two children so there's a lot of things in life that I'm sure to be grateful for." STORY: Men's world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic paid tribute to rival Andy Murray on Friday (January 11) upon hearing the news that the Scot planned to retire this year.

A teary-eyed Murray earlier on Friday signalled the Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, with the pain of his right hip proving unbearable.

Djokovic said it had been sad to see Murray suffer through his injuries, as the pair had risen through the junior ranks together.

The 14-time grand slam champion is the favourite to claim what would be a record seventh Australian Open title, which begins on Monday (January 14).

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