Andy Murray suffered a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 2-6 defeat to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut within the first spherical to bow out of the Australian Open 2019 in Melbourne on Monday. The 31-year-old Scot, who has received received two Wimbledon titles, appeared struggling for the reason that starting of the thrilling conflict. After shedding the primary two units, Andy Murray put a robust fightback and sealed the third and fourth set with tiebreaker wins. He had announced his retirement plans on Friday because of a persistent hip harm. Within the Rod Laver Enviornment, Swiss tennis star Roger Federer registered a straight-set victory in opposition to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

In women’s singles, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki’s began her marketing campaign with a convincing 6-3, 6-Four win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

The third seed received her maiden Slam at Melbourne Park final yr and is bidding to turn out to be the primary girl to defend the title since Victoria Azarenka in 2013.

The Dane comfortably eased previous world quantity 52 Van Uytvanck, displaying no outward signal of rheumatoid arthritis, the debilitating auto-immune illness that has threatened to derail her profession.

Earlier, American primary and ninth-seed John Isner was knocked out of the Australian Open shedding 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) to 6ft 11in (2.11m) fellow American Reilly Opelka in a battle of the giants.

No fewer than 87 aces had been powered down between the big-serving pair with only one break apiece being registered within the fourth set of a match that lasted 2hr 58min.

Isner, 33, had not misplaced a Grand Slam match to a participant ranked as little as quantity 97 Opelka, who’s 12 years his junior, since retiring because of a foot harm whereas trailing 106th-ranked Martin Klizan within the first spherical at Melbourne in 2014. 

Opelka has by no means earlier than reached the second spherical of a Slam and can subsequent face Italy’s world quantity 102 Thomas Fabbiano, who beat Australian wildcard Jason Kubler 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 2-6, 6-3.

(With AFP inputs)

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