Andy Murray promises everything possible & # 39; to return to Australian Open
Andy Murray has said that he will "do everything possible" to play again, despite leaving the Australian Open in the first round after a remarkable four-hour battle with Roberto Bautista Agut.
Murray, who was tearfully announcing Friday that he plans to retire this year, and perhaps soon after this tournament threatened a miracle in Melbourne but eventually was defeated 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5) 6 -7 (4) 6-2 by the Spanish 22nd seed.
Murray's hopes were not high given the status of his right hip, but this was a remarkable achievement for a man who admits he has trouble putting on his shoes and socks.
Despite an emotional farewell to the crowd – including Mama Judy and Brother Jamie in tears – he refused to exclude the game again in the future.
"Maybe I'll see you again," he said. "I will make every effort to try it.
"If I want to go again, I have to undergo a major operation, and there is no guarantee that I can come back, but I will do my best."
In honor of an Australian crowd who placed himself behind the five-fold finalist from the start, he added: "It was incredible, thank you very much to everyone who came out tonight, I love to be here over the years. to play, it is a great place to play tennis.
Jamie and Judy Murray were emotional during Andy's match in Melbourne (Andy Brownbill / AP)
"If this was my last game, it was a great match to finish, I literally gave everything I had, it was not enough tonight, so congratulations to Roberto and his team.
"I do not really have anything to say other than everyone, my team, my family and everyone who contributed to my tennis career."
After the alarm bells went off against Novak Djokovic during Thursday's practice match, there were concerns that Murray would soon abandon the 22nd seed, but he made a positive start.
While the first two sets went on, his slack became clearer, but there was a trademark on the back of the court that served as a reminder that he still wanted to win the match.
It seemed like it could be over soon after 6-4 6-4 and a break early in the third set, but he reacted with an immediate interruption of the Bautista Agut server and from there he went to drag himself back in the game in a typical way.
Murray, still limping heavily, somehow fought through the pain to win the third and fourth sets on the tie-break to the great joy of the crowd with the instinct of his hunter in the foreground.
But just as he and the crowd began dreaming of the impossible, he lost his momentum early in the fifth set when Bautista Agut retired five consecutive matches.
Murray fought at the beginning of his last service game before finally offering a standing ovation.
After the emotional court interview with former coach Mark Petchey, the triple grand slam champion subsequently received a video montage of tributes from his fellow players, including Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"I had the luck and the bad luck to compete in an era with the guys who have been there," Murray said.
"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.
"Having the respect of your peers is of course the most important thing and it's great that they have taken the time to do that, I really appreciate it."
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