Andy Murray: British tennis has failed to build for the future

Andy Murray: British tennis has failed to build for the future

Agut may have won the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, his first victory over the Briton, but the moment and mood belonged to Murray.

But the world No.37 surged back into the match as he lifted his aggression in the third, the fans at Melbourne Arena lifting in volume as he rose in confidence and broke his opponent's serve twice.

"If this was my last match. l "I gave literally everything I had".

The three-time Grand Slam victor had fought back tears in Melbourne as he announced the year's first Grand Slam could be his last tournament as he struggles to recover from hip surgery.

However, Jamie Murray found the tribute - which included messages from Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - "odd" after his 31-year-old brother hinted at a possible return to Melbourne Park.

"Our parents made incredible sacrifices for us, working Monday to Friday and then getting in the vehicle and then driving us down to England for the weekend, play tournaments, come back, back to work, do the same thing again". But Dr John O'Donnell, who operated on the Scot's troublesome right hip, said: 'I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard.' Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, O'Donnell also said that Murray had exhausted all avenues in a bid to return to the top level.

"If I want to go again I'll need to have a massive operation so there's no guarantees but I'll give it my best shot".

Murray continued: "I would definitely play Wimbledon if I didn't have the operation because my hip isn't going to be much worse off after this match. One is to take the next four-and-a-half months off, then build up, play Wimbledon", Murray said.

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"He has also been blessed with two daughters and I think he's grown up with a really strong female role model with his mum and now his wife is also a strong character so he is surrounded by great, strong women". He added, "Although tonight was not comfortable in terms of my hip, I could play another match".

"It hasn't just been about me".

'We've obviously got a few players here, Kyle [Edmund], Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Harriet Dart, Jo [Konta], Heather [Watson], Katie Boulter, ' Murray said. I'm fully aware of that.

"It will improve my quality of life, I'll be in less pain doing just, you know, normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on and things".

"It's a really big operation". That's something that I'll probably take into consideration, as well.

The two-time Olympic champion fought back from two sets down and defied agony in his hip to force a decider against Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne, but lost out in the fifth.

Murray matched Bautista Agut throughout the fourth set and was the better player in the tie-break.

Struggling to control his emotions, he said: "It was incredible, thanks so so much to everyone who came out tonight".

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