Never has he felt as he imagines Murray is now, that the gain was no longer worth the pain.
The Australian bad boy loves to cause a stir on tour but was incredibly respectful as the Scot announced he will be retiring this year.
'I said to my team, look I think I can get through this until Wimbledon. Murray is in Federer's half, but even he concedes he's unlikely to get past No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday night. "I don't know if that's also part of the equation".
Osaka's compatriot and former U.S. Open finalist, Kei Nishikori, has had a good run in the leadup to the Australian Open and overcame Daniil Medvedev in the Brisbane International final on Sunday for his first ATP title in almost three years.
"He's a normal person", said Nick Kyrgios, whom Murray took under his wing when the Australian was an up-and-coming player.
Murray is one of seven Britons opening their tournaments at Melbourne Park on Monday, with only women's number one Johanna Konta playing on Tuesday. "Could have happened easily in the match against Novak [Djokovic, in the AO 2016 semifinals], but it didn't".
The Romanian threw a private bash for 110 family and friends at a Bucharest restaurant in celebration of her long-awaited, maiden grand slam title at the French Open in June and partied until the small hours. He can play well in fast courts.
Ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn indicted by prosecutors on fresh charge
The open hearing on Tuesday, which drew worldwide attention, was his first public appearance since his arrest on November 19. Ghosn's prolonged detention has put the spotlight on Japan's justice system, which has come in for some global criticism.
An epic final clash between twenty times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open is still fresh in the minds of fans.
"I didn't want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match", she said. Even if a lot of days you go on court when you have troubles or you go to the gym without having a real goal or without knowing why I am going there, because I don't see a benefit ... you keep going.
"There's so many good players in this draw, I know that everyone wants to win this tournament". It must have been a very long couple of years for him.
Edmund, who is seeded 13th, missed last week's Sydney International with a knee injury but insists he has no fitness concerns going into the first Grand Slam of the year.
Her extraordinary success rate in Grand Slam finals has slowed in recent years. Her Melbourne record was patchy before a year ago.
"I've been feeling good on the practice courts this week and missing Sydney has been positive for my fitness and my game". That became less of an option for Murray, who is contemplating further surgery just to cut down on the pain he feels when he's doing such simple things as putting on his shoes and socks. He, however, added that facing Federer has always been a big challenge for him.
Djokovic is undoubtedly back, the 31-year-old rediscovering his mojo in winning Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 to regain the No.1 ranking and top seeding status for the Open. I feel like I'm more comfortable talking to people.