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'Legend' Murray can be proud of achievements - Federer

AFP  |  Melbourne 

said Sunday he was shocked that was to lose "legend" this year and the Scot should be "incredibly proud" of all he had achieved.

Murray on Friday tearfully declared that his had not been eased by a year ago.

He then emotionally revealed that he hoped to end his storied career at Wimbledon, but admitted the may be his last event because the constant pain was so bad.

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point," Federer told reporters on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam.

"But we're going to lose everybody at some point. It's just now that it's definite," he added, acknowledging that the era of the "Big Four" -- himself, Novak Djokovic, and Murray was drawing inexorably to a close.

"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well. We like him. He doesn't have many enemies, to be quite honest," the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal winner.

"He's a good guy, of Famer, legend. He won everything he wanted to win. Anybody would substitute their career with his. He's a great guy."

Murray has won twice and Federer hoped the Scot could keep playing long enough to be able to say goodbye on the famous grass courts where the Swiss maestro has won a record eight titles.

"Of course, I hope that he can play a good and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at That's what I hope for him," said 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who begins his title defence Monday against

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved."

Murray was the first British man to win in 77 years and will be remembered for battling his way to world number one in 2016 during a golden era for men's alongside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.

Murray faces a first-round clash Monday against in-form Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded 22, who beat Djokovic on his was to winning earlier this month.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 09:50 IST