• Just know that I am your biggest fan & # 39 ;: Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic paid tribute to Andy Murray in emotionally charged editing, with which Murray was defeated on the field for crowds & # 39;
Nathan Salt for Mailonline
The biggest tennis stars have paid tribute to Andy Murray in an emotionally charged montage at the Melbourne Arena.
Murray, in what was his 854th career game, endured a grueling five-hour epic contest in which he was beaten 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2 by Roberto Bautista Agut.
During his post-match interview his eyes were diverted to the big screens where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were one of the many star names that greeted the career of the Scot in sport.
Roger Federer paid tribute to Andy Murray in an emotional video montage of his rivals
Rafael Nadal has fought a lot with Murray over the years and greeted his strong character
Novak Djokovic joked how he was comfortably defeated with Murray in front
The Australian Open Champion Caroline Wozniacki suggested that Murray could become her coach
The tributes are kicked off by the great American John Isner, while he congratulates Murray on a "Hall of Fame Career".
Croatian Marin Cilic added: "It was absolutely amazing to share the court with you over the years."
Nick Kyrgios, a good friend of Murray's on the ATP Tour circuit, wanted to honor Murray from the court, instead of paying attention to it as others in the assembly.
I am very grateful to have shared a friendship with you during the Tour & # 39 ;, said the controversial Australian.
Big-serving American John Isner started the tribute video by offering his congratulations
The Croatian Marin Cilic enjoyed the fighting with Murray who came face-to-face time and time again
Nick Kyrgios is a good friend of Murray's on the circuit and insists that Murray is a sporting legend; & # 39; is
& # 39; I do not want to hit the base too much of your tennis. We all know that you are an absolute legend of the sport and you will always stay that way. & # 39;
In response to the sincere obeisances, Murray said: "I have been very lucky and unlucky, I think I race with people like Roger, Rafa and Novak in an era.
& # 39; Incredible respect for them, we've had amazing battles and contests around the world that tennis fans will remember. & # 39;
Some of Murray's great battles over the years have been with the other members of what quickly became known as the "big four". in men's singles: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Nadal, who himself has fought injuries in his career – especially his knees – added: "It is very sad that you have to take that position (retire) but sometimes life is not perfect. I just want to thank you for all the things you give to our sport. & # 39;
Murray showed heart and desire with his body wilted in the hot conditions in Melbourne
He was & # 39; grateful & # 39; that his rivals over the years took the time to make penalties for the video clip
Federer described himself as Murray & # 39; s & # 39; biggest fan & # 39; and feels that Murray has achieved more than many will ever achieve if they mention the time on their career.
The Swiss Ace said: "Great career friend. You have done pride in Scotland, Britain proud, you are a gentleman. Who can say that? Almost nobody. But you did it as a tennis player.
& # 39; You always have friends in the locker room and you have to be very proud of that. Just know that I am your biggest fan. & # 39;
Djokovic has a lot of history with Murray. Or that was the fact that he was the opponent when Murray claimed his first Grand Slam title in New York or that he lost again in 2013 to the Scot for his first Wimbledon crown.
De Schot is overwhelmed by emotion after winning Wimbledon for the first time in July 2013
The Serbian slipped in the standings due to time-out injured but has risen to world number 1 and while that has not happened for Murray and his hip problems, his impact on younger generations has really resonated with his Serbian rival.
& # 39; We had a whole journey, we both, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We had to play against each other when we were 12 years old in a small place in France. You kicked pretty hard and knew that we would have a great career.
Thank you for leaving your heart and every last drop of energy on the field and being a good example and inspiring young generations to play tennis the way you played it. & # 39;