File photo of Andy Murray. Photograph:( AFP )
Murray had seemed down and out at two sets and a break down to the 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut but he fought back to force the game into five sets. That however was as far as he could take it.
Britain's Andy Murray lost Monday to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open.
Murray had seemed down and out at two sets and a break down to the 22nd-seeded Spaniard but he fought back with all he had to take the game to five sets. That however was as far as he could take it.
He finally lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2.
"Amazing. That was incredible, thank you so so much to everyone that came out tonight," Murray said after the game.
"Maybe I'll see you again."
Murray had said before the tournament that he will be retiring after Wimbledon this year. But that the constant pain in his hip may allow him to go no further than the Australian Open.
"I'll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again I'll need to have a big operation which there's no guarantees I'll come back from. But I'll give it my best shot," Murray said.
"Honestly I've loved playing here over the years. If this was my last match, an amazing way to end. I gave everything I had and it wasn't enough tonight."
In his last #AusOpen match, Andy Murray fights incredibly hard to comeback from two sets down in extreme pain but falls just short.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019
Roberto Bautista Agut wins 4-6 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 2-6. pic.twitter.com/CoiObtKQue
The audience gave Murray a standing ovation before he started serving in the fifth set.
And an emotional tribute to him from the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic was played out on a big screen after the match.
Bautista Agut will face the unseeded John Millman of Australia in the second round of the tournament.