Sir Andy Murray has fought in two sets in the first round of the Australian Open in what could be the last race of his career.
The former number one in the world was applauded by his mother Judy and his brother Jamie when he took on No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, just a few days after he announced that he would retire this year.
Three times won Grand Slam winner Murray, who had lost the opening two sets 6-4 against the Spaniard, by his hip injury to all the match in two sets all equal.
He won the third and fourth set in a draw break when the crowd full of British spectators encouraged him and roared at every point he won.
Three times won Grand Slam winner Murray, who had lost the first two sets 6-4 but fought back to win the third set in a tiebreak, a surprising reception for his first round match against the Spaniard.
The former number one in the world plays No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut a few days after announcing that he will retire this year
Murray brother Jamie and mother Judy cheer him from the stands as he plays his first round at the Australian Open. His wife Kim was not in the crowd
Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain plays an advance back to the Andy Murray in Britain during their first round in the Australian Open this morning
His wife Kim Sears, 31, who bore her second daughter in 2017 and rarely missed a match, was not on the stands.
At the beginning of the match, fans gave him a compelling reception when he walked to court and some kept a banner that read: "There will only be one Andy Murray. Thanks for the memories. & # 39;
Murray revealed Friday that he planned to end this incredible career in Wimbledon this summer after he failed to overcome a devastating hip injury.
But he said the pain is so great that the Australian Open can be the last tournament he ever plays.
Earlier today, the Scot looked up when he signed autographs for fans who saw him training alongside his coaching team.
Andy Murray looks at the sky when he loses the first set with 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open
Murray, pictured today in action, revealed Friday that he planned to end this incredible career in Wimbledon this summer after he failed to overcome a devastating hip injury
British supporters cheered their hero as he walked to court and two held a banner that read: & # 39; There will be only one Andy Murray. Thanx for the memories & # 39;
Andy Murray reacts after a point against the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut during their first round
Murray was welcomed on the court with a huge roar of the crowd at Melbourne Park this morning. Fans held up the banners as a tribute to the former number one in the world
He said before today's game: & # 39; I know I have no chance of winning this tournament and I will probably lose in the first round.
& # 39; I'm not happy with that. Because of the way the last six months of competitions have gone, I could win, but I probably will not. It will become uncomfortable.
& # 39; If it is my last game, I want to try to enjoy it – enjoy the whole experience, which may be something I did not do during my career.
Andy Murray holds up his arm and thanks the fans for the reception when he goes to court
Andy Murray, pictured to the right of this picture, plays the Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the first round
Earlier today, Murray is practicing his potential curtain call at the Australian Open
I am always focused on tactics and winning and finding a way. & # 39;
During an emotional press conference on Friday morning, Murray broke into tears when he revealed that he would retire.
He told how the pain had become so unbearable that he even struggled to put on socks and shoes.
After leaving the emotional media meeting in Melbourne, Murray returned to his hotel and posed for a selfie with his mother Judy.
The former World Nr. 1 has been struggling for more than eighteen months with his injury and says his condition is not great & # 39; is
The star born in Dunblane struggled to control his emotions as he tried to tackle the press for the Australian Open
The tennis world reacted with shock and grief after Murray made his shocking announcement during an emotional press conference
He wrote on Instagram: & # 39; The best way to feel better after a hard day is a big hug from your mother.
& # 39; Really very touched by all messages and support from everyone today.
& # 39; It means a lot and has made me much more positive than when I woke up this morning. Thank you very much. & # 39;
If it is his last game today, it would end one of the great British sports careers, one that saw him win three Grand Slams, two Olympic gold and the Davis Cup.
Andy Murray posed for an emotional photo with mother Judy, just hours after he announced that he would stop tennis this year
SIR ANDY MURRAY & # 39; S MOMENT ORIGINAL COMPETITIONS
2008, Wimbledon, 4th round – bt Richard Gasquet 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4
The match that established Murray's reputation for never giving up. The 21-year-old was two sets and a break-down before recovering to the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time. The backhand along the line during the tie-break of the third set that almost left him in the crowd is perhaps his most memorable shot.
2011, Japan Open, final – bt Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
Lost from Nadal in three consecutive grand slam semi-finals, Murray produced one of his best ATP Tour performances, coming from a set to beat the big Spaniard with a fine rendition of offensive tennis.
2012, Olympic Games, gold medal match – Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
Four weeks after his heartbreaking final loss from Wimbledon to Federer, Murray played perhaps the best match of his career to claim his first worldwide title. Admittedly, he faced a tired Federer, but this was a complete domination for a raw and unbelieving Court of the Center Court.
2012, US Open, final – bt Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2
In his fifth final, Murray eventually won a grand slam title in a suitably dramatic way. It seemed that he had risked his chance when Djokovic fought back from two sets to level, but the Scot should not be denied.
2013, Australian Open, halfs – bt Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
Going for a second consecutive battle title, Murray assured his only slam victory over Federer. Although it lasted five sets, the Swiss stayed with his fingernails for most of the match and was helpless in the fifth set.
2013, Wimbledon, final – bt Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
The main game of Murray's career was a fitting way for the Scot to close the 77-year reign of Fred Perry as the last winner of the men's single. Overall, the last game was a match in itself before Murray finally got hold of the golden trophy.
2015, Davis Cup, final – bt David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
Of all the great achievements of Murray, winning the Davis Cup for Great Britain is almost only the best of them in 2015. It was fitting that he would win the last point against Belgium in Ghent, closed with a beautiful lob.
2016, French Open, semis – bt Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
The game that showed Murray had conquered clay when he knocked out the defending champion to reach his single final at Roland Garros.
2016, Wimbledon, final – bt Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2)
For the first time in his 11 slam finals, Murray found someone other than Federer or Djokovic on the other side of the net. From the beginning he stamped his authority on the first occasion that he was a finalist Raonic and did not abandon it.
2016 Olympic Games, gold medal match – Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
This grueling, emotional victory in Rio gave Murray something that none of his illustrious rivals succeeded when he became the first tennis player to successfully defend an Olympic single title.
The father of two started his press conference on Friday with the entry & # 39; I am not amazing & # 39; in a broken tone when asked how he felt after a battle of 18 months to return to the sport.
THE CAREER OF SIR ANDY MURRAY BY NUMBERS
1 – Murray became the first British singles player to officially be the number one in the world on November 7, 2016.
41 – The number of weeks the Scot has spent on top of the classification.
3 – Grand Slam titles
11 – Grand slam finals
45 – Career singles titles
2 – Doubles titles, both with brother Jamie
9 – Singles titles in 2016, including five in a row to end the season as world number one
2 – Olympic singles gold medals
11 – Murray won all 11 rubbers he challenged to drive Great Britain to the glory of Davis Cup in 2015, an unprecedented achievement
663 – World Cup matches won
£ 47,887,068 – Career price money
3 – Only person who is called BBC Sports Personality of the Year three times
5573 – Aces served
29 – Combined victories against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
He then became emotional and left the room for a few minutes to compose himself, and on his return bared in heartbreaking detail how the pain in his hip meant he had stopped enjoying the sport he loved.
It is clear that I have been wrestling for a long time and I have been hurting for 20 months now, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I did pretty much everything I could to get my hip feeling better and it did not help much.
& # 39; I am in a better place than six months ago, but I still have a lot of pain. It was heavy.
& # 39; I'm going to play here. I can still play to a certain level, not to a level that I like to play with.
That is not only that. The pain is actually too much, I do not want to continue playing.
& # 39; I've tried pretty much everything I could do, but it did not work. In mid-December I spoke with my team and told them that I can not continue to do so. & # 39;
& # 39; I thought I needed an endpoint because I played without knowing when the pain would stop.
I may have told them that I could endure this to Wimbledon, I would like to stop playing, but I'm not sure if I can. "
Asked whether this could turn out to be his last event, he answered: & # 39; There's a chance for sure. & # 39;
Tribute came to Murray from the tennis world when he announced that he could no longer get through the pain boundary.
The defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer said: "I was disappointed and sad, a bit shocked to know that we are going to lose it at some point, but at some point we will lose everyone.
& # 39; It is now just that it is definitive. & # 39;
TIMELINE OF THE ANDY MURRAY PROBLEM WITH INJURY
June 9, 2017 – Murray puts uncertain shape in the French Open behind him to reach the semi-finals before losing to the Swiss ace Stan Wawrinka, but starts to feel the flare-up of a long-standing hip issue that had previously been under control
27 June 2017 – Murray does not mention his hip problem after losing his first match to Queen & # 39; s to Jordan Thompson, but is forced to publicly acknowledge it when he withdraws from a scheduled practice match at the Hurlingham Club, a measure taken as a precautionary measure. cited
July 2, 2017 – After retiring a second Hurlingham game, Murray calms down because he is afraid that he will be forced to miss Wimbledon by confirming on the eve of the tournament he will play
July 12, 2017 – Walking with a noticeable limp Murray fights his way to the quarter-finals, but his title defense ends with a loss of five sets for Sam Querrey. Afterwards Murray claims that he does not expect to be away from the tour too long
August 26, 2017 – After retiring from two Masters events and losing his world No. 1 ranking for Rafael Nadal, Murray travels to New York with the intention to return to the US Open. But two days before the tournament he announces at a press conference that he is retiring and says his hip is too painful to give him a chance to win the tournament.
September 6, 2017 – Murray goes home for further consultation with a number of hip specialists and announces that he will probably miss the rest of the year, but hopes to avoid surgery
January 2, 2018 – Murray plans the Brisbane International for his second attempt at a comeback and withdraws on the eve of his first game. In a sincere post on Instagram, accompanied by a picture from childhood, Murray says: "I choose this picture because the little child in me just wants to play tennis and compete. I really miss it and I would give everything to be there again. & # 39;
January 8, 2018 – Murray announces that he has undergone a hip operation in Melbourne. In a positive assessment he says that surgeon John O & # 39; Donnell is very happy and that he focuses on a return for the grass season
28 March 2018 – Murray places his first photo on social media after he has returned to the training at the Patrick Mouratoglou academy in Nice
May 8, 2018 – After Murray does not participate in a Challenger tournament in Glasgow that was destined for his return, it appears that he had a setback in his recovery and was forced to take more time off the track
June 5, 2018 – Murray says he's getting closer & # 39; on a return, but gets out of his planned first grass event of the season at the Libema Open in Holland
June 16, 2018 – After two weeks back on the field, Murray announces just before the draw that he will make his comeback at the Fever-Tree Championships in Queen & # 39; s Club
June 19, 2018 – A long 342 days since his last competitive outing, Murray finally makes it back on the court in the Fever-Tree Championships against Nick Kyrgios. He makes a good fight, but eventually loses his first round match 2-6, 7-6 (7/4) 7-5.
June 25, 2018 – Murray defeats Wawrinka in Eastbourne but is then comfortably sent in the round of 16 by the British number 1 Kyle Edmund, while still feeling himself back in the matches
July 30, 2018 – Murray fans grow in confidence with the increased participation of the Scot and a point to the quarter-finals – where he is defeated because of a walk-over for Alex de Minaur – suggests that he slowly rises again
August 13, 2018 – Rounding off the first round to Lucas Pouille shows that Murray struggles to recapture the form that saw him continue to win Wimbledon twice as his hip problems see him holding back in a three-man set
August 30, 2018 – In only his fifth tournament back since his return from a hip operation, Murray falters in four sets against Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open second round, because the sultry conditions little helped his cause. His noticeable faltering between points became more and more obvious when the points approached
September 28, 2018 – A quarter-final defeat in Shenzen to Verdasco sees Murray call time in the 2018 season because he takes the time to get himself in the best possible condition for the 2019 Australian Open
December 27, 2018 – Despite some time away since he lost to Verdasco in Asia, Murray admits that the pain is still prominent as he prepares to play in the Brisbane International, a warming tournament for the Australian Open. In his last -16 draw against the Russian star Daniil Medvedev, Murray is comfortably defeated with 7-5, 6-2 as the fear grows over the condition of his hip
January 10, 2019 – Leave Australian Open press conference in tears and suggests that his time in Melbourne could be his last Grand Slam tournament because the pain was too much to continue