For Roger Federer, it's a well-worn experience.
"Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well", the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal victor.
In an emotionally-charged press conference, tennis champion Andy Murray revealed that he plans to retire after this summer's Wimbledon tournament due to his ongoing injury but admitted he may be forced to stop playing after the Australian Open this month. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.
Andy Murray 's surgeon has revealed it will be very hard for the Briton to continue playing until Wimbledon.
Several of Murray's rivals have offered their consolation at Murray's predicament, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the Spaniard saying that Murray's retirement is a loss to tennis as a whole. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him.
"I guess everybody can understand where he comes from".
"Something was telling me back then that we would have an unbelievable rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. I don't know if that's also something that maybe is part of the equation". Wishing him good luck for future, Nadal said that the tennis world is surely going to miss him.
"Winning back-to-back Australian Opens like this, in my mid-30s, it's one of my favourite things I will look back on in my career", the two-time defending champion said.
Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round in Melbourne on Monday. The draw ensured he won't meet Djokovic at Melbourne Park, until the final.
'So I don't know. "I watched basically the entire game a couple years ago", Federer said.
While the Australian Open courts have been playing quicker the last couple of years, Thiem's calmness could help him during pressure situations. He can play well in fast courts.
British tennis player Andy Murray. "I think the way he could adjust to his opponents was one of his greatest assets and strengths". "That's always a good thought".
Germany's Angelique Kerber, the 2016 victor, starts as the second seed. I think he's entertaining. "I can't believe it's already been a year".
"I don't know how he does it", the Frenchwoman said.
Djokovic, shooting for his third consecutive major title after winning Slams No.13 and 14 in London and NY, hasn't won any of the last three tournaments. Second-seeded Nadal, who has an outside chance taking over the No.1 ranking here if he wins the title, will, however, be contesting his first tour-level match of the season against Australian wildcard entrant James Duckworth.