Three days after his emotional resignation announcement, the British professional tennis player Andy Murray has a unique kind of farewell to the Australian Open. The two-time Olympic champion, struggled in spite of its obvious hip problems about 4:10 hours against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, before he had to be with 4:6, 4:6, 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (7:4), 2:6 beaten.
"I thought it would be easier for me," said Murray, with a trembling voice: "This is a fantastic place to play Tennis. I gave it my all today. It was my last Match at the Australian Open and it was a great Match." After the last point, the organizers played a farewell video, in which many of his longtime friends and companions such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.
Because of the pain that accompany him for nearly two years, had announced Murray (31) in his career. At the latest after his home Major at Wimbledon, which he won twice (2013, 2016), should the conclusion be. When the final decision is made, not at first. In Wimbledon you have been planning to build the Scot a stature.
Murray was in the Melbourne Arena, the second largest Court in the complex, to spectacular points of a Standing ovation. Mother Judy had tears in her eyes. After the press conference on Friday, a wave of sympathy was broken in over Murray, almost the entire tennis world had expressed their Regrets and best wishes to leave. Against Bautista Agut, number 22 of the seeding list and the winner of the preparation tournament in Doha, fought Murray as one of the best times of his career. In spite of his limited footwork, he kept the game so surprisingly open, and proved why he belonged in the Era of the permanent winner of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic of the "Big Four".
Dramatically, was also the farewell to Andrea Petkovic, from Melbourne. She fell in the middle of the ball of their first-round matches on the floor - empty, tired, disillusioned. She stayed a few minutes and could only stand up with the help of a supervisor. The German tennis player was at the Australian Open, already weakened in the match against the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, but with a performance-Darnstädterin had won the first set in a tie-break with 7:3, in the second you 3:4, 30:40 was when they fell down.
The circuit is made to create you at temperatures of more than 30 degrees. When she was able to walk again independently, over, and shuffled to her opponent and congratulated her for the victory. Petkovic could not continue and lost to Julia Görges in the first round.Melbourne.
wins Only Kerber in the first round
Up on Angelique Kerber remained, therefore, the German tennis professionals on the first day of the Australian Open without a win. According to Rudi Molleker and Peter Gojowczyk Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out in the men's. The Davis Cup players from Warstein, lost 6:1, 4:6, 3:6, 4:6 against the Australian Matthew Ebden. Struff was in the second set 4:1 front, before he started to fall behind. The sour countries had only taken last Saturday at the tournament in Auckland, new Zealand the title in doubles and was eliminated on Friday in the individual only in the semi-finals.
on the whole, qualified 13 German Starter for the Australian Open. On Tuesday, seven still have the Chance to enter in the second round, among them Alexander Zverev.