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Australian Open 2023 Day Summary 21st Jan: Murray Succumbs to Exhaustion, loses to Bautista Agut

Andy Murray was back at it after appearing to push his body to its physical limits for a day and a half. He barely had the energy to move before his third-round encounter began. But he soon began to loosen up. Murray started to play. He told everyone who was watching, one fist pump at a time. He managed to snag a set for himself somehow.

Even while it was a remarkable and exciting last stand that perfectly embodied everything he stands for, it was insufficient. Murray’s resurgent Australian Open came to an end when he eventually lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 as his extreme exertion finally caught up with him.

Murray’s tournament had a lot going on, especially considering that he lost in the third round. Today’s hitting from both players was incredible in spots. In the fourth, it simply vanished from his grasp very soon when he applied some pressure to Bautista Agut’s serve. When he was two sets down against Thanasi Kokkinakis a few days ago. Few people gave him a chance to win his match against Matteo Berrettini in the first round.

That journey was completely captivating and insane. Murray’s efforts were unquestionably valued and enjoyed by all of us. Bautista Agut is not a power merchant, but highly mobile with a consistent game that could wear anyone down. Ultimately he was too much for a someone who had played for ten hours and 34 minutes into the middle of the night the previous day. Also Read: Marta Kostyuk Ukrainian Tennis Player Refuses to Shake Hands With Russians at The Australian Open

Hard Luck for Murray his 4 am Win Ultimately Costs Him Hard

The terrible truth was that Murray’s heroic endeavours had sealed his doom. Grand Slams are harsh on players who struggle through the first few rounds. He gave everything he had when he returned to the Margaret Court Arena. But despite his elaborate patterns, the opponent was too strong for him to overcome.

As soon as he entered the room to begin the night session, it was obvious that he would require a large runway for takeoff. Despite his valiant efforts to speed up the points, Murray started the match with a double fault and things did not get much better from there for a while. He got on the board at 0-3 down. But the 29-minute opener was the least number of games he had achieved in one set here since 2016.

Four years earlier, Bautista-Agut defeated him here, and he came close to doing so again when Murray’s first serve failed him entirely in the third set’s eighth game, which resulted in a key break for 5-3. The five-time finalist appeared exhausted and frequently fell to his haunches in between points, but he was still not done.

He broke for 2-0 but gave it back after being forced to stroll around the court for some of the points he believed to be lost causes. At 4-4 in the following game, he was broken to love as Bautista Agut laboured diligently employing his tried-and-true baseline strategy. Her provided it at the first opportunity and finished with a largely ceremonial handshake.

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Abhijeet Chatterjee
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