Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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Andy Murray to decide between hip surgery or Wimbledon swansong

Andy Murray put on an incredibly courageous display in a losing effort to Roberto Bautista Agut in his final ever Australian Open match and was greeted with an emotional farewell video from fellow players.

Madison Keys opened her season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 18-year-old wild-card entry Destanee Aiava in the first match on Rod Laver Arena on Day 2.

Murray has won Wimbledon twice during his career and Federer is hoping the three-time Grand Slam champion can play long enough to say goodbye on the grass courts where the Swiss has won a record eight titles.

Andy Murray thanks the crowd after losing his first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

"Last year I had some special memories and just to be able to be back out here on Rod Laver Arena is something extremely special and emotional", she said.

Once play began she swatted aside her opponent easily, making a mockery of her 16th seeding at this year's tournament.

"If it is my last match, I want to try and enjoy it - enjoy the whole experience, which is maybe something during my career that I've not done. But I'll give it my best shot".

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The fifth set proved to be Murray's final stand, and the crowd rose to honor the Scot's effort as he waved goodbye to the Australian Open for what could be the final time.

Murray then had a set point at 5-4, which he momentarily thought he had won after Bautista Agut looked to have double-faulted. I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now.

"You will always be someone that impacted the sport in so many different ways, I know this was never the way you wanted to go out, but hey it was a heck of a ride".

The former world number one struggled through a practice match against Novak Djokovic on Thursday ahead of the tournament starting in Melbourne next week.

"I know that I'm not the same player as I was". "It's my first match of the year, so mostly just happy I did everything pretty well".

Andy Murray has been knocked out of the Australian Open - but hinted that he's not yet ready to throw in the towel on his tennis career.

Roger Federer, who will play Dan Evans next after a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin, led the accolades for Murray.

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