Tearful Andy Murray announces retirement plans

Andy Murray loses Australian Open thriller to Roberto Bautista Agut

Beset by a troubled hip, the three-time grand slam winner announced on Friday that he would be quitting the sport because of the pain he experiences.

He seemed on course for a sharp exit when he fell two sets behind to the Spaniard, but the 31-year-old defied the pain, and roused the Melbourne crowd, with an extraordinary comeback to take the match into a deciding fifth set before suffering a heroic 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 loss.

Battling back in the third and fourth sets took its toll on the Scot as Bautista Agut broke with ease twice in the final set to make certain that Murray’s final appearance in Melbourne Park ended in the first round.

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