It's unclear exactly when he'll be walking away from the sport, but it will likely be sometime in 2019.
The Swede, who dealt with back issues in 2013 and freak knee injury in 2016 that led to surgery, saw fellow star Andy Murray, 31, announce his plans to retire this season because of the effect his injuries are having on him.
"I think she came back to a very, very high level of fitness. I'm confident that I think it needs a good performance by my opponent probably to beat me", said the third seed, who opens his defence against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in Monday's night match on Rod Laver Arena.
While the Australian Open courts have been playing quicker the last couple of years, Thiem's calmness could help him during pressure situations. "But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that".
Murray's support for women and the women's game was also appreciated by British No 1 Konta, who said: "There have been so many examples of when he has stood up for us - not just for women's tennis but women in general. Obviously it was something that I really wanted, a big dream of mine to win a grand slam, and it was an wonderful feeling and an incredible two weeks".
I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon. It could well be his final match, but the chances of him being wrapped up in cotton wool until Wimbledon means it may not goodbye quite yet. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. "We will all be cheering for you these next few months". "Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 any more". Well, if you are anxious about where to watch it, we have got you covered.
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Their careers have always been intertwined.
One of the leading stories to headline the Australian Open is Andy Murray's plausible retirement.
"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 on this day, you keep going", Nadal said.
"Yeah, I mean, it's really hard to see him going through those emotions, as well, on the court and off the court".
"I think there will be various winners like previous year". I am sure something like that will be done.
Williams, 37, has won 23 singles Grand Slams since 1999 - seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, seven Wimbledons and six US Opens. "To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player".
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"Hope he will make it through to Wimbledon and have the farewell he deserves", tweeted former tennis player Kim Clijsters.
Rafael Nadal was a junior rival of the Scot and the dynamic pair entertained us with their sublime skills for nearly two decades.
"Tennis is better with you", tweeted current world No. 6 Kevin Anderson.
"But I guess you can't do anything about it".
This article was originally published by CBS News on January 11.
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