The biggest stars in tennis paid tribute to Andy Murray after in an emotionally-charged montage inside the Melbourne Arena.
Murray, in what was his 854th career match, endured a grueling five-hour epic as he was beating 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2 by Roberto Bautista Agut.
During his post-match interview his eyes were diverted to the big screens where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among a host of star names hailing the Scot's career in the sport.
Roger Federer led tributes to Andy Murray in an emotional video montage from his rivals
Rafael Nadal has had many battles with Murray over the years and hailed his strong character
Novak Djokovic joked how he previously was comfortably with Murray leading the way
Australian Open Champion Caroline Wozniacki suggested Murray could become her coach
The tributes are kicked off by big-serving American John Isner as he congratulates Murray on a 'Hall of Fame career'.
Croat Marin Cilic added: 'It was a great thing to share the court over the years with you.'
Nick Kyrgios, a close friend of Murray's on the ATP Tour circuit, wanted to praise Murray away from the court, rather than like others in the montage.
'I am very grateful to have shared with you on the Tour,' the controversial Australian said.
Big-serving American John Isner started the tribute video by offering his congratulations
Croatia's Marin Cilic relished the battles with Murray having a face-to-face time and again
Nick Kyrgios is a close friend of Murray's on the circuit and insists Murray is a sporting 'legend'
"I do not want to touch base too much on your tennis. We all know you are an absolute legend of the sport and you always will be. '
Reacting to the heartfelt tributes, Murray said: 'I've been very fortunate and unlucky. Roger, Rafa and Novak.
'Incredible respect for them, we have had great battles and matches all around the world that tennis fans will remember.'
Some of Murray's big battles about the years with the other members of what became known as the 'big four' in men's singles: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Nadal, who himself has battled injuries or his own in his career – mainly his knees – added: 'It is very sad that you can not take that position (to retire) but sometimes life is not perfect. I just want to say thanks for all the things you give to our sport. '
Federer described himself as Murray's 'biggest fan' and feels Murray has achieved more than many will ever get close to when they call on their careers.
The Swiss ace said: 'Amazing career buddy. You have done Scotland proud, Britain proud, you are a Sir. Who can say that? Hardly anybody. But you did it as a tennis player.
'You always have friends in the locker room and you should be proud of that fact. Just know that I am your biggest fan. "
Djokovic has plenty of history with Murray. Whether that was the fact he was the opponent when Murray claimed his first Grand Slam title in New York or that he lost again to the Scot in 2013 for his first Wimbledon crown.
The Scot is overcome by emotion after winning Wimbledon for the first time in July 2013
The Serb slipped in the rankings due to time out injured but has not gone back to the world. No 1 and while that has not happened for Murray and his hip issues, his impact on younger generations has really resonated with his Serbian rival.
"We had quite a journey, both of us," he said. 'We got to play against each other when we were 12 years old at a small place in France. You kicked by butt pretty badly at that time and we knew we were going to amazing careers.
'Thank you for leaving your heart and every game of tennis you have played it.'