Andy Murray loses Australian Open thriller to Roberto Bautista Agut

Melbourne (CNN)If this was the final match of Andy Murray’s career, the Briton made sure his swansong was a memorable one — losing a four-hour, five-set thriller to Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Murray wants to say farewell in July at Wimbledon — where he made history in 2013 by ending Britain’s 77-year men’s drought — but has admitted this Australian Open could be his final event. It took Bautista Agut four hours and nine minutes to see off Murray, who received a raucous standing ovation after what the Scot described as an “incredible” match. “If this was my last match, amazing way to end. I gave everything I had,” Murray said on …

Andy Murray: The sporting great who became a champion feminist

(CNN)And so a golden career is nearing the end. Andy Murray’s body is giving up on him. Witty, honest, assiduous, decent — all are adjectives used in the last few hours to describe the father of two. READ: Roger Federer: My dream opponent would be…

Simona Halep: Bittersweet off-season for popular world No. 1

(CNN)For someone who says she is usually asleep by 10 p.m., Simona Halep pushed past her bedtime during tennis’ off-season. “I spent a lot of time in the city, which I don’t do very often,” Halep said. “I lived a normal life, which I enjoyed a lot. I met new people, stayed with friends.” The most successful family affair in tennis There were “many” who expressed an interest in succeeding Cahill, according to Halep. The Constanta native denied reports, though, that one of them was Novak Djokovic’s former coach, Boris Becker. “He came for a different reason in Bucharest and I was happy to see him, but we never talked about being together as a coach and player,” said Halep. …

Roger Federer on future retirement: ‘It should be a happy, celebration day’

(CNN)When will Roger Federer retire? It is a question that tennis’ all-time great has been asked in recent years, especially after he suffered a freak knee injury in 2016 and moved into his mid and now late 30s. Follow @cnnsport Far from being weighed down by two decades on tour, the 20-time grand slam winner continues to love the game and traveling the world with wife Mirka and their two sets of twins. READ: Ailing Andy Murray to retire at Wimbledon if not before Federer hoping to claim his 100th career title ‘Wimbledon stands out’ When he does eventually call time on his career, though, Federer unsurprisingly said that Wimbledon might be the ideal place for a farewell tournament. After …

Roger Federer’s tears for former coach: ‘Never broke down like this’

Dubai (CNN)As Roger Federer prepares to defend his Australian Open title, an emotional interview with CNN Sport reveals just how much the Swiss continues to mourn the loss of Australian Peter Carter. READ: Meet tennis’ record unluckiest loser Federer turned 37 last August 8, a day before what would have been Carter’s 53rd birthday. When asked what Carter would think about his record men’s haul of 20 grand slams, Federer teared up. “Sorry,” said Federer. “Oh, man, I still miss him so much. I hope he would be proud. “Geez, never broke down like this,” he said later. Federer learned of Carter’s death while competing at the Canadian Masters in Toronto and according to ‘The Roger Federer Story: Quest for …

Elina Svitolina: Tennis star wants to inspire Ukrainians during ‘very tough’ times

London (CNN)Ukrainians haven’t had much to cheer about in recent years. There has been conflict, misery, uncertainty. But as one of the country’s most successful sports stars, Elina Svitolina hopes she can provide some joy during the bleakest of times. “It’s been tough for Ukraine to focus on something different from politics, but I always say if everyone does their own job 100% everyone will be fine,” she adds. “I just try to do the best I can, promote sport and that’s what’s most important for me.” Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos The Russia-Ukraine conflict escalated last month after Russian border guards intercepted and seized three Ukrainian navy boats off Crimea on November 25, the most dangerous …