Andy Murray loses first-round Australian Open match

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The noise only grew louder as his mum, Judy, was shown on the big screen, both reveling in and lamenting the moment. That's something that I'll probably take into consideration. "That was cool. I would put that one up there". I need time to get over it and then to know what my next steps are going to be.

"It was an awesome atmosphere". I gave everything I had, it wasn't good enough tonight so congratulations to Roberto.

"I'm not sure Britain has really capitalised on the last seven or eight years of success we've had", Murray was quoted as saying.

While Djokovic, who Murray faced to win his first Wimbledon in 2013, said it had been a great journey.

Murray played Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut (ranked 23rd) in round one of the Australian Open on Monday, and after being down two sets to none, he roared back and won the next two sets.

As play began, Murray delighted his well-wishers every so often with terrific shots on a full sprint and his trademark, quick-reflex returns.

"I'd be OK", he said, "with that being my last match". I literally gave everything I had.

Dr John O'Donnell told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "I don't think it is impossible, but it will be very hard".

Murray said he had left nothing on the court after almost claiming a memorable victory from two sets down.

"I have basically like two options".

If he decides not to have the procedure yet, then he will aim to play on the grass, finishing off his career at Wimbledon this summer.

"I have to be ready for a hard match in these conditions, and well, I'll try to be very concentrate".

"But life is not ideal and I just wanted to say thanks for all the things you've given to our sport".

"I'm aware of that". But there is the possibility, because guys have done it before. Bob Bryan's had the surgery that Andy's got and he's back playing now, but obviously it's a lot easier to do that in doubles rather than singles. It's something that frustrates me, ' he said. I would seriously consider having an operation because day-to-day life is not fun. 'I said I think I can manage this because I have been playing through pain for a long time and there's no reason I can't do it for another five months, knowing there's an endpoint', said Murray. 'But when I got here I thought I am exhausted of it and don't really want to have another five months of that pain.

In the first round it was Andy Murray who fought back against the Spaniard only for Bautista Agut to rally and claim the fifth set.

Murray was unable to convert two break point opportunities early in the second set and quickly looked to struggle. And off he went.

Humbled by the outpouring of support from the Melbourne crowd, Murray said it would be up to others to judge his legacy. Mom was loving it. "Unusually, they were joined after five games by brother Jamie, who is a rare sight in his supporters" box. The players exchanged holds to set up the third-set tiebreak, which Murray sealed with a forehand volley. He was broken twice in the fifth, and that was it.

He fended off a breakpoint and pounced in the ninth game with a barrage of baseline rockets before Murray dropped serve with a netted forehand.

"You kicked my butt pretty badly that time". No wonder he does not want to quit when everything still functions so well apart from the blasted hip, its effects in this match deadened by painkillers and adrenaline. Still, the near comeback was a small reminder of what has made Murray one of the best players of his generation.