ROGER FEDERER says tennis stars have been rocked by Andy Murray’s retirement news — because it reminds them of their own sporting mortality.
Murray, 31, has vowed to carry on playing until Wimbledon as he struggles to deal with the daily pain of a chronic hip injury.
Corbis7 Tennis legend Roger Federer has been rocked by Andy Murray's retirement news
But should he lose in the first round of the Australian Open today to No 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut there is a strong chance he might call it a day this week.
Federer, 37, said: “I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point.
“But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite.
“Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well.
Getty Images – Getty7 Murray, 31, revealed he hopes to carry on playing until Wimbledon
Getty – Contributor7 Swiss great Federer hasn't played Murray in a competitive match since November 2015
“We like him. He doesn’t have many enemies, to be quite honest. He’s a good guy, a Hall of Famer, legend. He won everything he wanted to win.
“Anybody would substitute their career with his. He’s a great guy.
“It’s a tough one but he can look back and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”
Federer, Murray, Rafa Nadal, 32, and Novak Djokovic, 31, have ruled men’s tennis for the best part of 15 years.