Andy Murray says there’s “undoubtedly a risk” he has performed his last match on the Australian Open following his first-round defeat on Monday.
Murray suffered solely his second opening-round defeat on the Australian Open in 16 years with the five-time finalist outplayed by thirtieth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry in a 6-4 6-2 6-2 humbling.
It is a particular risk that would be the final time I play right here.
A downcast Murray admitted in his press convention that he might nicely not be again at Melbourne Park.
“It is a particular risk that would be the final time I play right here,” he stated. “I feel most likely due to how the match went and every little thing.
“Whilst you’re taking part in the match, you are clearly attempting to regulate your feelings, give attention to the factors and every little thing. Once you’re one level away from the tip, you are like, ‘I can not imagine that is over so shortly, and like this’.
“Compared to the matches that I performed right here final 12 months, it is the exact opposite feeling strolling off the court docket. I want I concerned the gang extra. Simply disenchanted with the best way I performed and all of that stuff. (It is a) powerful, powerful approach to end.”
His solely different defeat within the first spherical right here since 2008 got here 5 years in the past in an emotional five-setter in opposition to Roberto Bautista Agut after Murray had revealed the extent of his hip issues.
A tribute video from his fellow gamers and international consideration accompanied that event, with Murray’s profession considered winding to a detailed.
Hip surgical procedure has given him a commendable post-script, however it will be no shock if this way more low-key exit does sign the 36-year-old’s last departure from Melbourne.
Murray admitted on the finish of final season that he was not having fun with tennis, and it’s more and more exhausting to see him discovering the kind of performances and outcomes that can deliver the enjoyment again.
“It was a poor efficiency. It was, like, very, very flat. It was an incredible crowd on the market that had been attempting to select me up, assist and get behind me. Often I’d all the time have interaction the gang and get them going and convey some power into the match. It was actually only a flat efficiency,” Murray continued.
“I do not know precisely why that was the case as a result of I have been feeling good moving into. Performed fairly nicely in Brisbane. Practiced very well the final ten days or so.
“Weird feeling on the court docket as we speak.”
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Sky Sports activities’ Raz Mirza:
It is exhausting to pick many performances the place Andy Murray has failed to indicate up and produce his finest tennis when he wanted it most.
The 36-year-old has struggled to achieve the latter levels of majors in recent times however dragged himself into the third spherical at Melbourne Park in 2023 with back-to-back five-sets wins in exceptional, swashbuckling vogue.
His second-round comeback victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis will reside lengthy within the reminiscence.
After his newest defeat, nevertheless, Murray stated there was “a particular risk” that it will be the final time he performs on the blue courts of Melbourne.
Has the magic gone? He was sluggish and his motion was not what we’re used to seeing. That is most certainly to be his farewell 12 months however he might need to look to alter his teaching set-up with Mark Hilton and Jonny O’Mara presently working alongside him.
The Scot wants motivation and a spark to reignite his season – albeit we’re solely at the beginning of it – but when he suffers one other chastening expertise like this, he might even name it a day earlier than the grass-court marketing campaign begins and no one desires to see that.
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