Murray: I should have done better in career

Murray: I should have done better in career

Murray: I should have done better in career

Murray now faces a Sophie's choice: to live with severe pain until his hoped-for farewell at Wimbledon or to undertake another round of major surgery.

"Maybe I'll see you again - I'll do everything possible to try but I'll have to have a big operation that there's no guarantee I can come back from", added Murray.

The Scottish five-time Melbourne Park finalist gave it everything he had and showed glimpses of the form that won him three Grand Slams, but his ailing body let him down during a gutsy 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7) defeat to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Former World Number one Andy Murray was beaten 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 2-6 by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of his final Australian Open.

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during the first round of the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne on January 14, 2019.

He said: "Andy, I know you take me for a joker most of the time, but at least hear me out on this one old friend".

When Bautista Agut went two sets ahead, everyone believed that it was all over.

"Literally the best win of my career", she recalled Tuesday in a post-match TV interview.

Five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova started her Melbourne campaign impressively by registering a "double-bagel" win over Britain's Harriet Dart.

The three-time Grand Slam victor had fought back tears in Melbourne last week as he announced the Australian Open could be his last ever tournament as he struggles to recover from hip surgery.

"Yes, I am going to play".

Instead of a total hip replacement, the procedure Murray is contemplating involves cementing a new ball joint to the top of his femur and cementing a metal cap into the socket part of the joint.

"I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here", Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova beat fellow Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 and the 12th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium won 6-2, 7-5 over Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about, and to keep doing the things that I really enjoy doing.

The brutality of Williams' groundstrokes was on display, as illustrated when she cranked a clean forehand victor to break Maria's serve in the second game of the match, while her play at the net was sublime. No, no, when I get broken was not because of the serve.

He said his two options were to take the next four-and-a-half months off and play Wimbledon or go for the operation immediately.

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