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Andy Murray is an emotional farewell to Australian Open with first-round loss

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Andy Murray's plan is to hang on until Wimbledon, to pray for a farewell at home, where his legendary status is secure.

But he acknowledged that the possibility existed that he could not go through a painful hip condition and his exit in the Australian Open came prematurely Monday. In the fourth hour of his five-match match with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, Murray bowed out with a gutsy 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 5-2 first-round loss that brought a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd at the Melbourne tournament.

"If this was my last match, as you say, it was an amazing way to end the game," an emotional Murray said, with his mother recording the moment on her phone, "but it was not enough tonight so congratulations to Roberto . . . Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible to try. If I do, I will need to get back to work. But I'll give it my best shot.

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