Andy Murray announced plans to retire in 2019 but will walk away feeling "fortunate" to have competed against some of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Former world number one Murray has claimed three grand slam titles and two Olympics golds - as well as leading Great Britain to Davis Cup glory - in a glittering career that is nearing an end due to a chronic hip injury.
The 31-year-old held an emotional news conference in Melbourne on Friday at which he admitted the Australian Open could be his last tournament, bringing forward a farewell the Scot hoped would come at Wimbledon later in the year.
Despite the tears and obvious heartache, Murray found time to reflect on his on-court battles with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
He told the Australian Open's official website: "When I finish I can reflect a little bit more [but] I have been very fortunate to do this for my career.
"I've loved travelling the world, although at times in the early part of my career I found certain parts challenging, stuff away from the court, but I've loved competing and playing in the biggest tennis tournaments in front of great crowds.
"And I've been fortunate to have competed against the guys I have - some of the best players of all time.
"I played against all of them many, many times in the biggest tournaments and managed to get a few wins against them along the way."
"In many ways I’ve been fortunate to compete against the guys that I have, some of the best players of all time.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 11, 2019
"I just want to enjoy playing here. It may be the last time I’m in Australia competing, so I want to try and enjoy it." - @andy_murray pic.twitter.com/QqJIe47vFg
Murray is a five-time finalist in Melbourne and will take on Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round next week knowing it could be his final appearance in Australia.
It is a cruel twist of fate for a player who has always prided himself on his physical fitness but, as he explains, the injury is now affecting aspects of everyday life.
"It's not just the matches, it's every day really. Pretty much every step I take I'm struggling, even with walking," he said.
"Playing matches in some ways takes my mind off it because I'm concentrating on trying to win a match, competing, tactics and other things but it's tough because I know I am not capable of doing the stuff I used to do. So, I have to change the way I'm playing a little bit and lower my expectations.
"When I do that I feel less pressure and less pressure for me is not good. I prefer to have the nerves and the pressure because that allows me to perform better."
As for his Australian Open campaign, he added: "I don't have massively high expectations, I just want to enjoy playing here, maybe the last time I'm in Australia competing, so I want to try to enjoy it."
|Durant leaving Warriors would be ´great´ for NBA, says McGrady|
|McEnroe: Serena choked in Australian Open loss|
|De Jong an ´important addition´ at Barca, says Valverde|
|´Better outcome than we originally feared´ – Agent on Anthony Davis injury|
|Pacers sweating on Oladipo injury after Indiana star leaves on stretcher|
|De Jong: I spoke to PSG and City before signing for Barca|
|Guardiola wants finals habit at Man City|
|Lakers star LeBron won´t face Timberwolves|
|Valverde doesn´t regret resting Messi despite Barcelona loss|
|In my heart and in my prayers - Ben Yedder pays tribute to missing Sala|
|Real Madrid reclaim world´s highest-earning club title from Manchester United|
|Messi absence no excuse for Barcelona loss, says Suarez|
|Humble Higuain excited by Sarri reunion|
|He must not come and cry after – Goncalves unapologetic over Neymar injury|
|Serie A record-breaker under Sarri - the Opta numbers behind new Chelsea striker Higuain|
|PSG boss Tuchel ´worried´ after Neymar sent to hospital with another foot injury|
|Coles commits to New Zealand and Hurricanes until 2021|
|Guardiola praises City mentality on ´dangerous´ Burton pitch|
|England won ´attritional´ battle, says Anderson after latest landmark|
|AEK, Brose Bamberg secure last-16 spots|
|Sevilla 2 Barcelona 0: Resting Messi backfires for Copa del Rey holders|
|Sarri: Chelsea players agree with me on motivation comments|
|Morata asked to leave Chelsea a month ago, says Sarri|
|Paris Saint-Germain 2 Strasbourg 0: Neymar suffers injury scare in Coupe victory|
|Anderson´s four-wicket haul rocks Windies|
|Burton Albion 0 Manchester City 1 (0-10 agg): Holders coast through to clinch Wembley return|
|PSG´s Neymar hobbles off in Coupe de France clash|
|De Ligt bored of Ajax departure rumours|
|Piatek completes AC Milan move after Higuain exit|
|Super Bowl LIII: Rams RBs v Patriots RBs|
|Chelsea seal Higuain loan|
|Ismaily kicked out of CAF Champions League after fans throw stones, bottles|
|England star Itoje pens new Saracens deal|
|Palace keeper Hennessey charged over Instagram post|
|Chelsea warn supporters over anti-Semitic chanting ahead of Tottenham EFL Cup tie|
|Joshua primed to make call on next opponent|
|Super Bowl LIII: Brady v Goff|
|Sala search suspended as Cardiff chairman confirms club wanted different travel arrangements|
|Cruyff, Koeman, Kluivert - De Jong following pantheon of Dutch Barca greats|
|Sarfraz apologises for comments picked up by stump mic|
|Djokovic: Pouille deserves top-10 spot|
|Hazard must be more demanding if he wants to leave Chelsea, says Ballack|
|Celtics´ Kyrie Irving to sit out Cavs game with flu-like symptoms|
|Barcelona seal €86m De Jong deal|
|Vietnam v Japan: Moriyasu happy to keep doing just enough|
|Hendricks, De Kock and Steyn join up with Proteas squad|
|Lorenzo excited for ´new level´ at Repsol Honda|
|Fernando replaces injured Pradeep in Sri Lanka squad|
|China v Iran: Queiroz wants to exorcise 2015 quarter-final|
|Balotelli joins Marseille until the end of the season|
|Emery gives Monchi ringing endorsement amid Arsenal sporting director links|
|Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals on one-year deal|
|Watson absence ´an opportunity´ for Scotland hopefuls, says Townsend|
|Pochettino open to new signings but Janssen to remain a Spurs outcast|
|´No trace´ of aircraft so far in Sala search|
|Pochettino will not judge Sarri for criticising Chelsea players|
|From front row to four in a row - Best takes on Farrell at Connect 4|
|Hazard an individual, not a leader - Sarri urges Chelsea star to do more|
|Broad left out of England team for first Test|
|Higuain set to sign for Chelsea but won´t face Tottenham – Sarri|
|McGillvary injury blow for Giants|
|Solari praises Marcelo amid exit rumours|
|A-League Review: Joy and pain for De Jong as Sydney close gap|
|Halfpenny, Davies and Williams set to miss France clash|
|India to rest Kohli from back end of New Zealand tour|
|The hand is good - Farrell expects to be fit to face Ireland|
|Martinez leaves Arsenal for Reading loan|
|Beckham becomes Salford City shareholder|
|Maradona hopes Sala will be found alive|
|Djokovic will not discuss potential Nadal showdown yet|