Rafael Nadal makes retirement claim after Andy Murray decision at Australian Open – Express
Rafael Nadal believes there will be more retirements from his generation (Image: GETTY)
Murray, 31, has struggled to overcome a series of injuries, with his most recent requiring hip surgery.
The Scot is gearing up to take on Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open first round on Monday.
But Murray broke down in tears during his pre-tournament press conference by admitting his next match could be the last of his career.
Murray plans to retire after Wimbledon, but he is unsure if he will make it that far as he struggles with the pain.
And Nadal has paid tribute to his long-term rival while also making a bold prediction.
“It seems like he had not a very long career,” said Nadal.
“But he’s 31. Ten years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career.
“We will miss him. But today it’s him, tomorrow another one.
Andy Murray broke down in tears when announcing his retirement (Image: GETTY)
“We are not 20 any more. Our generation, everyone is more than 30.”
Nadal also explained how Murray’s retirement will also do his mental health the world of good.
“Of course it’s very bad news,” he added.
“But when somebody like him, he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s doing for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practise, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so difficult.
Rafael Nadal gets his Australian Open campaign against James Duckworth (Image: GETTY)
“Probably he is fighting to keep going since a long time.
“If he doesn’t feel that the thing can go better, probably he does the right thing for his mental health.
“It will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he has been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. But that’s life.”