Sir Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open in what could be his final tennis game in his career. He was beaten in the first round by Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut after mounting a remarkable comeback, typical of his career, in what could have been final match. He was tearful after the match but did not want to give up hope on potentially playing in Australia again, saying: "Maybe I’ll see you again. I’ll do everything possible to try."
Murray simply did not look fit but battled on heroically as he lost in five sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2. After a one-sided opening to the match it looked as if our Scottish hero was heading out of the tournament with a whimper but he staged a fight back in the third set when he looked dead and buried and amazingly won on a tie-break taking the game into the fourth set.
He managed to repeat the feat in the fourth, winning the tie-break convincingly but in the fifth set it was one-way traffic once again. A visibly pained Murray tried to continue playing his best tennis but succumbed to his opponent 6-2 in the final set as he stiffened up.
In one of the most touching sporting moments, the crowd roared him on as he was 5-1 down in the final set serving for possibly the final game of his career. He managed to save a match point and win that game to the delight of the crowd but unfortunately, it was not enough to save the game.
After the match, a tearful Murray told former coach Mark Petchey on court: “Amazing. I think I’m going to be all right. Thank you so much to everyone who came out tonight. I’ve loved playing here over the years. If this was the last match it was an amazing way to end. I gave literally everything I had. It wasn’t enough tonight, so congratulations to Roberto and his team. I don’t really have anything else to say.
"Thanks to everyone. My team, my family, everyone who helped me down the years. Maybe I’ll see you again. I’ll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again I need to have a big operation which there’s no guarantee I’ll come back from but I’ll give it my best shot."
We were then treated to a lovely tribute from his colleagues including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Sloane Stevens paying their tributes to the great man. 'Take care, buddy," Federer ends before Djokovic ended with "Thank you, my friend."
An emotional night ends down under with a glimmer of hope for the future prospects of Andy Murray. We would love to see him come back once again but he looks in huge pain at the end.