Former world number one Andy Murray has lost his first round Australian Open tie in a five-set thriller – a match that could prove to be his last as a professional.

Murray was beaten by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne days after announcing this will be his last season on tour.

He was 2-0 down as the pair headed into the third set, with most expecting the Briton to crash out, before coming back to claim the third and fourth in tie-breaks.

But he was defeated 6-2 in the final set, broken in games three and five.



Andy Murray of Great Britain breaks down during a press conference in Melbourne on January 11, 2019, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament




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Although Murray intends to retire at Wimbledon, the 31-year-old said there was a chance the Australian Open could be his last tournament.

Murray has been battling a severe hip injury since the beginning of 2017 after an incredible season that saw him claim the Wimbledon title, Olympic gold, and become world number one.

The father-of-two broke down in tears at a press conference on Friday as he confirmed he had reached the end of the road with his treatment, saying he couldn’t play at a level he would be happy with.

Murray roars with delight after claiming a point
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Murray roars with delight after claiming a point

Murray’s match against Bautista Agut was watched by his mother Judy and brother Jamie, a rare occurrence for the busy tennis family.

Judy Murray, well practised at her poker face, let a few expressions slip as she watched her youngest son battle through the pain.

Bautista Agut had previously never taken a set from Murray, but won the first two 6-4.

Judy Murray watches her youngest son at the Australian Open
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Judy Murray watches her youngest son at the Australian Open

Murray stunned the Spaniard to take the third set in a tense tie-break, losing two set points along the way before claiming it.

He leapt into the air in celebration, roaring in delight and punching his fists as the crowd rose to applaud him.

Murray appeared to be in pain during the fourth set, hobbling between points on a few occasions, but managed to take the set to a tie-break which he went on to win.

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But in the fifth set, he was broken twice, once in the third game and then the fifth, leaving him trailing 4-1.

Murray saved match point, forcing Bautista Agut to win on his own serve. He will play John Millman in the second round.