I enjoyed every second of Andy Murray’s first round match against Roberto Bautista Agut. It had me on the edge of my seat and I was amazed at just how competitive Andy was. Like his whole career he went toe to toe with his opponent but today Murray played a more brand of tennis that we are not typically used to. There was the running and chasing like a Murray of old. On many occasions he was willing to pull the trigger early in the rally and save his body. It was fantastic to see Murray on court again and being competitive.
Murray was up for this match in a big way, he didn’t want to disappear in a whimper into the Melbourne sky. He pumped his fist every big point won which really did wonders for the hugely pro Murray crowd. It looked very much like Andy Murray of old, his shots had the zip of before and he covered every square inch of the court like a teenager. He even managed to accumulate 17 aces in his game. His play was good. He used great variety and tried to throw the Spaniard off his stride. His slice was very effective, and it drew the Spanish forward or out of court. In the 4th set Murray seemed to be running on empty. It has been such a long time since Murray has been in such an intense match. The limp began to be more pronounced as the spring in his strides seem to have gone.
He went out in the most Andy Murray way possible.
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The pain was etched on the Scots face especially after longer points and Andy would periodically knead his hip with his knuckle. He fought and fought through the pain. His champion qualities were there for all to see as time and time again he came back from perilous situations in the match.
Many commentators on social media asked if Andy Murray can go 5 sets with the World Number 22, surely he can continue his career and postpone the retirement. What they wont see is the post match, the pain the agony the limping. Andy could be like a boxer after a bruising encounter certainly for the next few days. What happens next for Andy Murray remains to be seen. Andy Roddick suggested wrapping Murray in cotton wool until the summer so he can have his big send off. That will be for Andy to decide. Perhaps it isnt over after all………