Bautista Agut beat Murray: 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2
Andy Murray gave the Australian Open crowd a real thrill by forcing an ultimately fruitless deciding set in his first round match in Melbourne.
The former world number one was playing what could potentially be his last ever professional game but astoundingly rolled back the years with two set victories, both by tie-break to force a fifth set against Roberto Bautista Agut.
Spanish world number 24 Bautista Agut had won the first two sets 6-4 6-4 but Murray wasn't ready to let the occasion of potentially his final game go by without some trademark fist-pumping moments, cheered on by a boisterous crowd and smiling mum Judy.
The 31-year-old Scot showed just what it meant after volleying home his first set-winning point and the crowd reacted with a massive roar.
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And, if anything, the volume went up in the fourth set and Murray levelled the match at two sets all on an emotional day:
Ultimately, the fifth set proved a step too far as Murray's serve was broken twice, Bautista Agust serving out a 6-2 set win to progress to the second round.
The three-time Grand Slam winner had fought back tears in Melbourne last week as he announced the Australian Open could be his last ever tournament as he struggles to recover from hip surgery.
The former world number one has battled to recover from a chronic hip condition for more than 18 months, undergoing surgery in Melbourne a year ago, but he was forced to admit in a tearful press conference that his efforts have not been enough.
Nobody has done more for British tennis than you and it looks like nobody will for many years to come. You have been an inspiration, friend and role model to me from the get go and I thank you for everything. Hope to see you out there for as long as possible @andy_murray 🎾 pic.twitter.com/xkxUXf1lOb— Kyle Edmund (@kyle8edmund) January 11, 2019
He said: “Obviously I’ve been struggling for a long time. I’ve been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.
“I’ve pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it hasn’t helped loads. I’m in a better place than I was six months ago but still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough.”
The Scot said he hopes to make Wimbledon in the summer, although he could not confirm that would be the case.
Also on Monday morning, Roger Federer saw off Denis Istomin in straight sets.