Former world number one Andy Murray bowed out of Australian Open in five-setter against Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first round. The injury plagued Scot gave a tremendous fightback before going down to a thrilling 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 on Monday.
It was an emotional night for tennis fans around the world, watching Murray, who was two sets down, came back from behind to stretch the match into a fifth setter in the Melbourne Arena. After an astounding tennis performance from both players, the 31-year-old eventually lost his momentum as the Spaniard established a 5-1 lead in the decider set and finished with 6-2.
Five-time Australian Open finalist Murray on Friday announced his retirement after Wimbledon because of a chronic hip problem but suggested that this event could be his last. However, he hoped that there was still a chance for another year.
“Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible to try,” said Murray in his on-court interview after the defeat.
World No 23 Bautista-Agut praised his opponent as a “tough fighter” and congratulated him for all he did for tennis.
Brother Jamie and mother Judy were seen fighting back their tears in the stands as they watched Andy losing in an incredible comeback. The crowd gave a roar standing ovation for the devastated Scot after the match.
Murray has been battling for a comeback to the court following a hip surgery in January 2018. The first British male singles player, who won a Grand Slam in 76 years after he clinched the US Open in 2012, failed to make a mark after returning to the sport last June.