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Murray bows out of his last Australian Open after tough battle

Andy Murray said yesterday that he may retire after the Australian Open tournament with the pain of his right hip having become almost unbearable. — AFP pic Players Put On Emotional Tribute Video For Andy Murray Following Australian Open Loss
Andrew Wong | 20 January, 2019, 09:01

"If I go ahead with the operation and I don't recover well from it, then I don't play again", added the Scot who has won two Wimbledon's, a US Open, the Davis Cup and two Olympic golds in his storied career.

"There's matches here, for example, that I would love to play again, have another opportunity to do that", he said. Murray had said he would ingest some painkillers for this match and, whatever it was, he looked sprightly enough in the early exchanges, as well as hitting serves of almost 130 miles per hour. "It was cool. I don't think I've had that before in any matches". I literally gave everything I had, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done with the amount I've been able to practise. I can't walk properly at all just now. I'm fully aware of that.

"If you go around the country, you probably see that".

The former world number one whipped the terraces into a frenzy as he pushed the match into a deciding fifth set, then left fans with hope he might eventually produce an Australian encore.

Limping, stumbling at times and emotionally-charged, Murray rallied from two sets and a break down to extend the match to a fifth set.

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"Tonight I gave everything I had, it wasn't enough tonight".

The 31-year-old British tennis star was pictured along with his mother Judy Murray, 59, sunbathing on the banks of the Yarra River following a monumental week in which he announced his plans for retirement.

"But I have tried my best".

After almost pulling off one of the gutsiest comebacks of his career, Andy Murray faces an agonising decision between surgery on a chronic hip injury or a farewell match at his beloved Wimbledon.

After spending a career chasing, matching - and at times surpassing - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray will be the first to bid adieu to the sport he loves and mastered.

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"We've obviously got a few players here, Kyle (Edmund), Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Harriet Dart, Jo (Konta), Heather (Watson), Katie Boulter", Murray told several national newspapers.

He huffed and he puffed, desperate to fight for every single point and came so close to defying the odds - even by Murray's standards this was something special.

In today's column, Judy, who is at his side in Melbourne, writes: "Though these are hard days right now, I'm sure Andy will continue to have a huge impact on the world of tennis".

The match seemed to be heading in only one direction when Bautista Agut broke the Murray serve in the third game of the third set.

Down a break in the third set, he blurted "Let's go!"

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Evans was no match for Federer as the No. 3 seed dispatched his opponent in three-straight sets. At 5-5, Federer converted the second of two break points and served out for a two-set lead.

Murray fired a huge serve on the second that his opponent could only lob back and he roared in triumph after slapping the volley down the line to take the set. At some point when you feel like you're never going to get back to 100 per cent, you've had the success that Andy has had, you can only understand the decision.

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