Former world number one Andy Murray loses in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2 by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. The five-set thriller could be the last game for the former world number 1 as he announced earlier that this will be his final Australian Open and even possibly end to his career.
Andy Murray was two sets down in the thrilling first round battle of the Australian Open men’s singles. Though locked in a losing battle with his troublesome right hip, Murray made a comeback by winning two games and roused the Melbourne crowd by taking the match into deciding the fifth set.
Battling back in the third and fourth sets took its toll on the Scot as the Spaniard broke with ease twice in the final set to make certain that what could be the three-time grand slam winner Murray’s final appearance at Melbourne Park ended in the first round.
But the fans are expecting and urging Murray to not quit the game and so Murray replied, “If I want to go again, I’ll need to have a big operation, which there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to come back from anyway, but I’ll give it my best shot.”
The match duration was four hours and nine minutes and Murray also raised his racquet before his final service game to salute the crowd but his fans could not prevent Bautista Agut serving out the match.