Mur­ray’s agony

To­mor­row could be my last match

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY NEIL McLE­MAN in Mel­bourne @NeilMcLe­man

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT will show no mercy to Andy Mur­ray – even if their first round clash at the Aus­tralian Open is the Scot’s emo­tional farewell to the game.

The for­mer world No.1 is hugely pop­u­lar Down Un­der after reach­ing the fi­nal here five times – but los­ing each time.

Bautista Agut is ex­pect­ing heavy sup­port for Mur­ray but said: “I’m used to it, I have played Davis Cup matches and many sit­u­a­tions like this. I hope to en­joy the match like him, I will try my best. After Andy’s press con­fer­ence, I think a lot of peo­ple will watch. There will be a lot of in­ter­est from all the press. Andy is one of the ten­nis leg­ends in its his­tory. He is one of the best ten­nis play­ers in his­tory.

“It’s go­ing to be a nice ex­pe­ri­ence for me, par­tic­u­larly to play Andy. I hope it’s a nice match. It’ll be a great ex­pe­ri­ence to play against him in Aus­tralia in one of his last grand slam. I want to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence

“To­mor­row I will be in a com­pe­ti­tion, to win my match and try ev­ery­thing to get the win. To be ready for a dif­fi­cult match in these con­di­tions, I will con­cen­trate and try best I can.”

The Spaniard pre­pared for the first Grand Slam of the sea­son by beat­ing world No.1 No­vak Djokovic on his way to win­ning the Qatar Open last week. Mur­ray has pre­dicted his own de­feat in the first round but in­sisted he will try to “en­joy” per­haps his fi­nal ever match.

The Scot has been “very touched” by sup­port from fans after an­nounc­ing he will re­tire this year.

The dou­ble Olympic cham­pion wants to say farewell at Wim­ble­don, but the pain in

I will be in a com­pe­ti­tion... and try ev­ery­thing to get the win

his hip could force him to stop after the first Slam of the sea­son.

But Mur­ray ac­cepts his 13th ap­pear­ance here will not last long. “It will be tough walk­ing out for what could be my last match,” Mur­ray said. “Lots of things have been weird. I know I’ve got no chance of win­ning the tour­na­ment and I know most likely I’m go­ing to lose in the first round here.

“I’m not happy about that but, be­cause of the way the last six months of com­pet­ing has gone, I know that I could win but I know that it’s likely that I won’t.

“It’s go­ing to un­com­fort­able be­cause if it is my last match I want to try and en­joy it.”

TEARS FOR FEARS: Andy Mur­ray knows it could be his last com­pet­i­tive match

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