The Brit, reduced by a problem of hip, disputed his last Open of Australia, having announced Friday his imminent end of career.

The World with AFP Posted today at 15h10

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Andy Murray after losing to Roberto Bautista in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday 14 January.
Andy Murray after losing to Roberto Bautista in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday 14 January. SAEED KHAN / AFP

His last Australian Open was short-lived. Three days after announcing his imminent end of career, the British tennis player Andy Murray bent in the first round after a great fight (6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2) more than four hours against Spain's Roberto Bautista (23e worldwide), Monday, January 14 in Melbourne.

This match could be the last of the ex-n's careero 1 world, fallen beyond the 200e square. The 31-year-old, three-time Grand Slam champion, is hoping to hold on until the summer to play one last time at Wimbledon. "This is where I want to stop playing, but I'm not sure I can do it.", he said Friday in a press conference.

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Monday, facing Bautista, deflower at the beginning of 2019o 1 World, Novak Djokovic, Murray was led two sets to zero and was late (2-1) down in the third, before proving that in the absence of his physical fullness he has kept his "Fighting spirit". To the brunt, he equalized at two sets everywhere, but ended up crumbling in the fifth, not without saving a match point on his commitment to 5-2.

"An extraordinary way to finish"

Impatient to pay tribute to him, the audience of the Melbourne Arena did not wait for the end of the meeting and manifested from 5 games to 1 to give him a moving ovation. "It was amazing, I loved playing here over the years; if it was my last match, it was an amazing way to finishsaid the Scotsman, the voice won by emotion. I gave everything I had, I have nothing left. "

Since Murray completed World Tennis at the height of world tennis in 2016, his right hip has tormented him to the point where he was only a shadow of himself afterwards. In 2017, he put an end to his season after his elimination in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. He was operated on last January, but his absence finally stretched for almost a year, until the tour on grass. Its 2018 season, however, has been reduced to six tournaments, ending in late October.

Winning three Grand Slam trophies (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016) and 45 titles in total (including 15 Masters 1000) in the midst of the giants Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray has achieved the feat of strength to find a place in the "Big Four".

In 2013, he became Wimbledon's first Briton to win the English tournament for seventy-seven years. Then three years later the first Britono 1 worldwide. He is also the only double Olympic champion (2012 and 2016).

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