Tennis – Australian Open – First Spherical – Melbourne Enviornment, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Britain’s Andy Murray seems to be dejected after loosing the fit towards Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s hopes of a fairytale swansong on the Australian Open have been beaten within the first spherical on Monday as Roberto Bautista Agut held off an exhilarating fightback from the in poor health Briton to say a 6-Four 6-Four 6-7(Five) 6-7(Four) 6-2 epic.
Despite the fact that locked in a dropping struggle together with his tough proper hip, the previous international primary whipped the Melbourne Enviornment crowd right into a frenzy as he battled again from two units all the way down to push the fit right into a 5th.
It gave the impression the momentum used to be all Murray’s however it used to be all a mirage as Bautista Agut rallied to damage the Scot two times and roar to a Five-1 lead.
Murray raised his racquet to salute the group earlier than his ultimate provider sport however his lovers may no longer save you Bautista Agut serving out the fit to like and finishing the Scot’s courageous resistance after 4 hours and 9 mins.
Reporting via Ian Ransom; Enhancing via Clare Fallon