Australian Open — Andy Murray’s 15 years as a professional, he has written some improbable scripts in front of a delirious crowd and with a chronic hip condition, he nearly overturned a two set deficit.
It was a microcosm of his career. He screamed in celebration, and in frustration. He covered acres of ground with some sparkling defence. And he remonstrated with his nearest and dearest when the opportunity arose.
The 31-year-old ran out of steam in the decider, but left the court with a hint that there may yet be an encore.
Andy Murray hit 19 aces and 50 winners during that four hour epic, with 51 unforced errors.
He won 80% of first serve points and created five break points – although he converted just one.
He’s swamped by children asking for autographs before he walks off.
If that was it – and Murray himself said if – then what a match to go out on. But it would be so, so good to see him at Wimbledon.
Andy Murray: “I’ve been very fortunate and unlucky, I guess, to compete in an era with some of the guys that have been around. Roger, Rafa, Novak have been difficult opponents but I have a lot of respect for them.
“We’ve had great battles which I think tennis fans around the world will remember when we all finish. To have the respect of our peers is a very important thing.”