With his niggling hip injury still bothering him, victory for Andy Murray was always going to be far-fetched. However the Scot, who is expected to retire later this year, decided that he was not going down without a fight.
To be honest, fight was a bit of an understatement as he clawed his way back from 2 set down. Sadly, Roberto Bautista Agut held his nerve in two lost tie breaks to take the final set. The score read, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2 in the Spaniard’s favour.
When Bautista Agut went two sets ahead, everyone believed that it was all over. But then, Murray had other ideas and lived to fight on. He took the third set into a tiebreak and amazingly clinched it. Then, in the fourth set, he repeated the process again, taking it into a tiebreak and winning.
An amazing tennis player.
But an even better person.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019
Naturally, this gave off the impression that he was trying to play the long game and tire Agut out. But then, in the final set, he seemingly ran out of steam and was forced to settle for a score of 2-6. Inspite of the loss, Murray definitely won a lot of hearts and with the crowd egging him on, it was enough to instil some fighting spirit in Andy Murray.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Murray’s plucky display.
If this is to be Andy Murray's final farewell, what a way to bow out.
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) January 14, 2019
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) January 14, 2019
"Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible."—Andy Murray
— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) January 14, 2019
"I’ve honestly loved playing here over the years. It’s an amazing place to play tennis. I gave it everything, but it wasn’t my night"
— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) January 14, 2019
Reckon @andy_murray has been joshing with us. Marvellous stuff.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 14, 2019
When his time as a Slam contender was taken away by that hip injury, it felt to me that it was about being at peace with it. To do that he would need a moment, a chance to remind everyone, including himself, what Andy Murray was all about. That’s happened tonight. Win or lose.
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) January 14, 2019
Come oooooooon Andy!
— Jurgen Melzer (@jojomelzer) January 14, 2019
Can’t believe how tense it can be hitting refresh on the BBC live tennis feed. Come on Andy!! #bbctennis
— Andrew Hunter (@andrewjhunter) January 14, 2019
Melbourne arena Erupts as Andy Murray grabs the fourth set!
— Jamie Muscatel (@JamieMuscatel) January 14, 2019
Best believe Andy Murray is leaving nothing on this court tonight. Dude can barely walk between points. Champion. #AusOpen
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshMedia) January 14, 2019
— Paddy Fletcher (@fletcherpaddy) January 14, 2019
— Kathleen (@KathShez) January 14, 2019
What a sad end of a terrific career for Andy Murray.
Hopping around, serving at 1-f in the final set with thunderous applause from the crowd. They're not going to stop.#AusOpen
— Suraj Shukla (@suraj_writes) January 14, 2019
Agony watching Andy murray in the Agut match. Thank goodness Judy has Jaime Murray next to her. Not time for tears YET
— HighburyTennisClub (@HighburyTennis1) January 14, 2019