Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, described Murray as a "legend" and wrote in a tweet: "Andy Murray is a legend - without doubt one of Scotland's greatest ever sportsmen, as well as an outstanding role model and inspiration for young people everywhere". The three-time Grand Slam victor said he hopes to retire after the Wimbledon tournament in July, but could step away from the sport by the end of this month's Australian Open, depending on his health. "It's a great experience for me to play in one of his last grand slams against him so I want to enjoy the experience".
"Something was telling me back then that we would have an unbelievable rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come".
"You took me under your wing as soon as I got on tour, and to this day you have been someone I literally just look forward to seeing".
"As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level". As victor of the last two majors, he's a strong contender to win in Melbourne Park again and become the first man with three streaks of three or more consecutive Grand Slam championships. "You are one insane tennis player, miles better than me, but I just want you to know that today isn't only a sad day for you and your team, it's a sad day for the sport and for everyone you've had an impact on". "That won't happen now".
Both players start their Australian Open campaigns on Monday. "Like, the US Open previous year for me was quite odd, because I was in a lot of pain".
"I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.
"The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did".
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"It was very obvious for everyone, you saw it, you didn't need to be on court, to notice that he's struggling, that he's not moving as well as he normally does", said the Serbian. "Les Petite As". First time we met and played.
"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four of five months". I don't know. But there should be a reason to move someone at that spot after a few years going quite positive for the tennis. Yeah, I think everyone I feel like knows when it's time and when it's right.
"I hope you can overcome this".
"I know I've got no chance of winning this tournament and most likely I'm going to lose in the first round. Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an awesome feeling and an incredible two weeks".
Although Murray has spoken with psychologists, he's admitted that little has helped. I'm not happy about that. It's going to be uncomfortable. In an era where world tennis was often divided on the issue of equality - of pay and status - for women players, Murray's was a supportive, firm and decisive voice in favour of gender rights.