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Roberto Bautista - Andy Murray
Australian Open men - 14 January 2019

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Roberto Bautista and Andy Murray live with Eurosport. The match starts at 08:00 on 14 January 2019. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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What a match. What a career. What a champion. Thank you so much for your company today.

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Murray and Bautista Agut walk off court together.

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The end of the video is met with a huge cheer from the crowd. "To have the respect of your peers is the most important thing, it's very nice that they took the time to do that for me," says Murray, who's looking exhausted and emotional.

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"Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible to try...I'll give it my best shot." Murray wipes his face with his shirt - and then it's time for a video montage from his friends and colleagues on the tour. It includes John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, all saying delightful things.

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"I think I'm going to be all right," says Murray, with a nod to his family, who are clearly expecting more tears. "That was incredible. Thank you so, so much to everyone that came out tonight. Playing here over the years, it's an amazing place to play tennis...I gave literally everything I had. It wasn't enough tonight - congratulations to Roberto and his team."

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What a nice speech.

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"Today was an incredible night, no? Andy deserves this atmosphere, Andy deserves all the people who came to watch him. It was an unbelievable match. He's a tough fighter, tough opponent, he gives everything until the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis." Roberto Bautista Agut pays tribute.

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Everyone is on their feet, and Murray rises again to acknowledge the applause.

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Murray hugs the man who vanquished him, and goes for a well-deserved sit-down.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 6-2 MURRAY: Bautista Agut does what he has to. This can't have been an easy day at the office for him either. He has three match points, and the crowd is applauding Murray in advance. He takes the first, and it's all over.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 5-2 MURRAY: 18th ace of the match for Murray to take a 30-15 lead. The luckiest of net cords for Bautista Agut takes it to 30-all, and one more shot into the net hands the Spaniard match point - but Murray saves that with such a clever move, running to the net and sending it across court. Murray deserves that game - and Bautista Agut has to serve this out if he wants it.

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His mum looks as if she's about to cry. He does too.

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Murray raises his racket to acknowledge the crowd's huge response to this imminent - possibly last - service game.

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Four hours gone. The crowd roars as Andy Murray prepares to serve.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 5-1 MURRAY: Murray takes a few deep breaths as he steels himself for game point. He's struggling to get the returns over the net.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 4-1 MURRAY: Bautista Agut breaks the Murray serve again, with Murray's reflexes looking a touch sluggish.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 3-1 MURRAY: Murray looks tired now, a step off the pace - that fourth-set breaker must have taken it out of him.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 2-1 MURRAY: Murray is playing it a little short now and he's cross with himself. Bautista Agut gets the early break.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 1-1 MURRAY: Murray has a new burst of energy, evidently - he manages to chase down a drop shot and a lob as the crowd scream in delirious excitement. Bautista Agut straightens his head out, though, to hold serve.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 0-1 MURRAY: "You're a winner!" someone from the crowd shouts, as Murray moves ahead - for the first time in this match. Indeed. Whatever happens now, this is just exceptional.

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I have literally no idea how he's doing this.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 MURRAY: Murray begins the tie-break by dictating the rhythm of a brilliant rally - Bautista Agut is trying to lob him again but he hasn't got his eye in. The Brit clenches his fist and grits his teeth and he is absolutely on fire, moving to the net once more to take a 5-1 lead. Five set points as Bautista Agut mirrors his shift to the net but finds Murray just sending a winner down the line past him. The Spaniard saves two, glancing up to his coach; then saves a third on the Murray serve as the former world number one groans in the effort to move across the court. He doesn't save the fourth, though, and everybody is screaming and cheering once more.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-6 MURRAY: Such wonderful deft hands from Murray, moving into the net beautifully and sending a lovely backhand beyond a stranded Bautista Agut. Tie-break, then?

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A load of fireworks start to explode at the nearby cricket ground as Murray is about to serve.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-5 MURRAY: Murray does a bit of chuntering at himself, angry at his decision-making and also the existence of drop shots.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 5-5 MURRAY: Andy Murray plays a drop shot. (I'd heard he didn't like drop shots very much.) He moves to a 40-0 lead and then sends down an unreturnable serve and we go ON.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 5-4 MURRAY: In the midst of Murray mania, it would behove us to remember that Bautista Agut has played some superlative tennis today, and he does so here to hold his serve once more.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 4-4 MURRAY: Murray instantly challenges a call on his serve, and he's right to - by about a quarter of a millimetre. First serve, and he sends it down flat to hold.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 4-3 MURRAY: That's a really quick hold from Bautista Agut, recovering his equilibrium after those errors.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 3-3 MURRAY: Bautista Agut is lured to the net but loses his nerve, and Murray wins four points in a row to hold his serve.

 

Video - 'He's got it!' - Emotional scenes as Murray takes third set

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 3-2 MURRAY: Almost three hours on the clock now. Remember when Mats Wilander was talking about how Murray would be dreading the prospect of a four-hour match?

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 2-2 MURRAY: Bautista Agut is focused and returning well but Murray is fired up.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 2-1 MURRAY: A groan as Murray swishes the ball into the net to give Bautista Agut game point. Jamie Murray has his hand to his face.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 1-1 MURRAY: Hold of serve, Murray's on the board, but the atmosphere is all a bit nervy.

 

BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 1-0 MURRAY: Everyone needs a little rest after the emotion of that tie-break. Bautista Agut is probably the most relaxed; he'll be expecting that set to have taken it out of Murray somewhat.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-7 MURRAY: Smart defence from Andy Murray, who takes the lead in the tie-break on the Bautista Agut serve, and extends it on his own - with an ace on the very edge of the line taking him to a 5-3 advantage. The Spaniard closes the gap, but then his swipe at the net is wild and hands Murray two set points. Jamie Murray looks so anxious I want to make him a cup of camomile tea. Bautista Agut saves one set point with a cross-court winner BUT HE DOESN'T SAVE THE SECOND AND EVERYONE IN THE STANDS CHEERS AS DOES EVERYONE IN BRITAIN INCLUDING ME AND I CAN'T TYPE BECAUSE I DID THE ANDY MURRAY FIST-PUMP AS HE TOOK THAT POINT!

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 6-6 MURRAY: Yep, that's a third-set tie-break. The crowd noise conveys both excitement and apprehension. Can Murray edge past to extend this match?

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 5-6 MURRAY: Murray serves this game with absolute venom. His big brother looks like he's feeling every flicker of pain with him.

 

Video - Standing ovation in Melbourne as Murray wins amazing rally

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 5-5 MURRAY: Judy Murray is leaping to her feet with every point her boy wins. Bautista Agut serves into the net on set point, then the line judge calls it out before umpire Moore corrects it. Murray returns into the net after a 23-shot rally to take it back to deuce. Bautista Agut takes the advantage after a Murray error, and the Brit tosses his racket into the air (and catches it again) with frustration.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 4-5 MURRAY: The very smartest of backhands, sent sizzling down the line, means Murray saves break point, and he backs it up with a fantastic diagonal forehand to take the advantage. There's a positive growl from the Murray throat as he repeats the feat, holding his serve.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 4-4 MURRAY: Murray's returns are all over the place here, allowing Bautista Agut to hold to love - triggering a rendition of "We love you, Andy!" from some tuneless spectator.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 3-4 MURRAY: The Eurosport commentary team reveal that there'll be some kind of presentation on court to Murray after this match, which goes some way to explaining why Murray major is in the stands - usually the brothers don't tend to watch each other's matches from courtside.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 2-3 MURRAY: And that is a definitive hold of serve for Sir Andrew Barron Murray, who moves ahead in this third set, and the adrenaline rush must be helping him now.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 2-2 MURRAY: Murray's effortful jog back to the baseline is becoming even more so, but his shots are still beautiful, sending his forehand diagonally beyond Bautista Agut, and then trying a tricksy backhand to break the serve! His mum is on her feet, his brother is on his feet, he pumps his fist and that was great.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 2-1 MURRAY: The comparative speed of Bautista Agut is impressive, and he's forcing Murray to move as much as he can - a sensible tactic, a successful one as he breaks, but rather unpleasant to watch.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 1-1 MURRAY: You have to respect the Murray fans who are still singing his name in between games. He doesn't look hugely threatening against the Bautista serve, it has to be said; Mats Wilander muses that we aren't seeing the full repertoire of Murray's game, but it's doubtful that anyone really expected to in the circumstances.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 0-1 MURRAY: An amazing lob from Bautista Agut dips over Murray's head, then another unforced error allows the Spaniard to edge in front. But Murray isn't so easily dismissed, and drags himself to the net to level at 30-all, before Bautista Agut's wayward returns hand him the game.

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Murray has won nine previous matches after going two sets down. Just so you know.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 6-4 MURRAY: An ace wraps up the two sets to love lead for Bautista Agut, who strides straight to his chair to prepare himself for the third. The crowd are still well and truly behind Murray, who's desperately working hard to compete here.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 5-4 MURRAY: Another glitch on the first serve at game point, but the second serve is enough to bamboozle Bautista Agut.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 5-3 MURRAY: Hold to love for Bautista Agut, defending that break lead.

 

Video - 'That's as good a forehand as he's hit in years!' - Vintage shot from Murray

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 4-3 MURRAY: Hold for Murray to stay in touch. He's having occasional glitches with his first serve but he's still in one piece for the time being.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 4-2 MURRAY: A hold of serve for Bautista Agut. The crowd continue to urge on Murray, who's definitely making this an intriguingly competitive match.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 3-2 MURRAY: Another epic rally ends with the Spaniard nipping to the net and leaving Murray stranded to break serve.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 2-2 MURRAY: The crowd are singing Andy Murray's name. Anne Keothavong has joined the British contingent in the player box.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 1-2 MURRAY: Fifth ace of the day for Andrew Barron Murray.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 1-1 MURRAY: Murray swipes at the air with frustration as he loses break points, and begins complaining at himself. We'll miss this.

 

Video - Thanks for the memories: Our tribute to Andy Murray

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 0-1 MURRAY: Murray is dragging every ounce of effort, right up from his toes.

"You're a long time retired," says Chris Bradnam.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 6-4 MURRAY: That's the first set Bautista Agut has ever taken from Murray, and to be fair to the Brit, he's worked very hard to stay in touch. There are moments of brilliance but also moments of absolute discomfort.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 5-4 MURRAY: Lovely volley from Bautista Agut at the net brings up break point, and Murray nets a forehand to hand over the game.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 4-4 MURRAY: Murray gets himself a break point, much to everyone's glee, but Bautista Agut wins the next three points (with his opponent screaming, "No. No," at himself) to continue the run of service holds.

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Change of ends - and Jamie Murray joins the player box. This is almost unprecedented.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 3-4 MURRAY: Some absolutely wonderful rallying here, with the Spaniard continuing to push Murray to the corners. But the former world number one holds, and shouts a big "Come on!" Just like the olden times.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 3-3 MURRAY: Wilander sympathises with Murray, and says he can't imagine playing a match where he knew before he started that he wouldn't be able to last four hours, and that his fitness was dictating his shot selection.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 2-3 MURRAY: That's a tough service game for Murray, who's forcing that twisting movement at the ball toss with every sinew he has. As Eurosport expert Mats Wilander points out on commentary, he's also struggling to push off from his right leg when he strikes a forehand. Never the quietest on court, he's making noises that indicate both his endeavour and discomfort. But nevertheless he claws it back from 30-0 down to hold.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 2-2 MURRAY: Bautista Agut is doing what he has to, and trying to force Murray into as much movement as possible.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 1-2 MURRAY: Odd choices for the returns from Bautista Agut, who perhaps isn't quite sure of his tactics against the hobbled Murray.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 1-1 MURRAY: Murray challenges the "out" call that takes the 22nd seed to game point, and it's correct by about half a millimetre. Bautista Agut holds to love.

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BAUTISTA AGUT 0-1 MURRAY: The cheers for every point Murray wins are resounding. He's really stretching on the serve, and the pain clearly kicks in when he's looking to move laterally.

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That's the end of the warm-up. We're about to get under way on the Hisense Arena.

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Murray has won the toss and has decided to serve.

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Mum Judy, father-in-law Nigel Sears, plus Harriet Dart and Katie Swan are all there to cheer him on.

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There's an absolute ROAR as Murray heads on to court. Actual goosebumps. There are plenty of saltires waving in the stands, and he waves to the crowd as he takes his seat.

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"This is potentially a very historic day today," says Annabel Croft, who adds that she's concerned about Murray's movement but his ball-striking is as exquisite as ever.

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Edmund's match is over so Murray will be on shortly.

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Murray is currently doing some stretches off-court and looks like he's not moving brilliantly, shall we say?

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Nick Kyrgios will miss Murray too.

Video - Breaking Views: Nick Kyrgios - 'I'm losing my best friend on Tour in unbelievable Murray'

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This is the first Grand Slam of the year - can Murray make it to the third, and bow out in SW19?

Video - Boris Becker EXCLUSIVE: - I hope Murray survives until Wimbledon

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Good morning, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Andy Murray v Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open.