Andy Murray tantalisingly left the door open to reconsidering his decision to retire, suggesting it may not be his last time at the Australian Open.
Murray lost a five-set epic to Roberto Bautista Agut, but showed all of the battling qualities that made him a champion and took him to world number one.
“Thanks to everyone. My team, my family, everyone who helped me down the years,” said Murray on the court after the match.
When asked about the crowd, who gave him unreal support throughout, Murray added: “Maybe I’ll see you again.
“I’ll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again I need to have a big operation which there’s no guarantee I’ll come back from but I’ll give it my best shot.”
“I think I’m going to be all right. Thank you so much to everyone who came out tonight. I’ve loved playing here over the years.
“If this was the last match it was an amazing way to end. I gave literally everything I had.
“It wasn’t enough tonight, so congratulations to Roberto and his team. I don’t really have anything else to say.”
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