Andy Murray opens door to retirement U-turn after Australian Open defeat

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And over the next 70 minutes Tuesday, Williams went from almost gone to moving on, putting together a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Buzarnescu to reach the second round in Melbourne.

"It will improve my quality of life, I'll be in less pain doing just, you know, normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on and things". "I just try to spend every moment that I can when I'm not working with her". "I, like, literally have no comment".

Murray tearfully revealed before the tournament that he was in constant agony from a hip injury and planned to retire this year.

He grimaced increasingly throughout the match, struggling with the pain in his hip, as his opponent moved him around the court - well aware of his ailment.

The fourth set went with serve and Murray again prevailed in a tie-break on the fourth of his five set points - but not before being interrupted as he served to stay in the match at 5-6 by fireworks going off at the nearby Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Scot fought to the very end before losing his Melbourne first-round match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7), 6-2 to Roberto Bautista Agut.

After the match Murray paid tribute to the crowd, for their emphatic support during the encounter. Bautista Agut, who added: "Today was incredible".

Seen as a new standard bearer for tennis in her homeland, Asia and the next generation of women, the 21-year-old said she would not be getting ahead of herself.

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His team remain on one point following the goalless draw from their opening match against Palestine. "It's important to grow into the tournament".

Konta is in a loaded top quarter of the draw that also includes world number one Simona Halep, who faces a rematch with her US Open conqueror Kaia Kanepi, and Serena and Venus Williams. It wasn't enough tonight. The two will play later in the day.

Katie Boulter sprung a surprise as she beat veteran tour player Ekaterina Makarova 6-0 4-6 7-6.

"Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon", said 20-time Grand Slam champion, who begins his Australian Open title defence on Monday against Denis Istomin.

She completely overpowered Maria, highlighted by a devastating 18-minute opening set, which yielded nine winners.

"But having an operation like that, there's absolutely no guarantees I'd be able to play again". It's not very often you get to play Roger on obviously a pretty big court, I'm guessing.

Referring to Ms Williams" black catsuit, which she wore to the tournament previous year, Mr Giudicelli said: "It will no longer be accepted.

- In 2016, he became the first male British player to attain world number one ranking on the ATP standings since it was started in 1973.