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Monday, 14 January 2019

Australian Open: Andy Murray Loses In Farewell Match But Will Try To Come Back!

Andy Murray produced a superb fightback in what might have been his final match but eventually lost in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Australian Open first round.

The Briton, who is hoping to play at Wimbledon, battled brilliantly before losing 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2.

The 31-year-old struggled early on but had the Melbourne Arena crowd roaring as he took the third and fourth sets.

After the match, Murray vowed to do all he can to ensure this wasn't his farewell match - despite the Australian Open organisers playing a farewell video after the match.

“Maybe I’ll see you again - I’ll do everything possible to try,” he said.

“If I want to go agin I’ll need to have a big operation which there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to come back from.

“But I’ll give it my best shot - thank you. If this was my last match it was an amazing way to end. It wasn’t enough tonight so congratulations to Roberto and his team.

“I don’t really have anything else to say. Thanks again to my team, my fans and my family who are here supporting me and everyone who has.”

"I've been very fortunate and unlucky to compete in an era with the guys who've been around," added Murray.

"Roger, Rafa Novak, have been incredibly difficult opponents but we've had some incredible moments, great battles that I think will live long in the memories of the fans.

"To have the respect of your peers is obviously the most important thing and it's very nice they took the time to do that, I really appreciate it.

“I have two options,” Murray acknowledged.

“One is to take the next four-and-a-half months off, then build up and play Wimbledon. [The other is] a really big operation. There's no guarantees that you can come back from that.

“But there is the possibility, because guys have done it before. Bob Bryan [the 40-year-old doubles specialist]is doing it just now. Some other athletes have given it a go.

“I'll probably decide in the next week or so. But this might be my last match. If I go ahead with the operation, and I don't recover well from it, then I don't play again. It will improve my quality of life.

"I'll be in less pain doing normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on. But if today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish. That's something that I'll probably take into consideration, as well. It was an amazing atmosphere.

“I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as Icould, and performed a lot better than what I should have done with the amount I've been able to practice and train. Tonight was the most special match that I’ve played [in Australia], even though it was the first round of the tournament and I lost.”

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