The three-time Grand Slam victor, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, hopes to bow out at Wimbledon this summer, but concedes that may not be possible.
'I'm going to play.
"It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart". 'Obviously been struggling for a long time and been in a lot of pain for probably about 20 months now.
Just like Novak, Andy hadn't played in the second part of 2017 before a hip surgery he had to undergo a year ago in order to solve the problem and extend his career for a couple of more years. He then became emotional and left the room for several minutes to compose himself.
"Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn't helped loads, I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament", he said. "I've told my team I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that".
"I have a severely damaged right hip". It has been done, [doubles player] Bob Bryan had this operation post-Wimbledon previous year.
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'I have an option to have another operation, which is little more severe than what I've had before but would give me a better quality of life.
In an emotional press conference this morning the two-time Wimbledon champion was in tears as he revealed that this Australian Open, starting on Monday, could be the last tournament he plays. Having the limitations and also the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training'.
The update comes after he was convincingly outclassed in a practice session with world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday in which the Serbian won 10 of 12 games.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in round one and could potentially meet 30th seed Maria Sharapova in the third round.
But the lack of a seeding has left him exposed to a challenging early draw, and he will have to battle past a tough first-round opponent in Spanish 22nd seed and former world number 13 Roberto Bautista Agut.