The three-time grand slam winner has thrilled crowds in Melbourne this yr by rolling again the years to win two marathon matches however Bautista Agut proved a step too far.
The Spaniard received in 4 units – 6-1 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 6-4 – and seemed relieved to have lastly discovered a well past his opponent when he received match level.
Murray had spent greater than 10.5 hours on court docket heading into the third spherical match and he struggled to maneuver at factors.
The 35-year-old had wanted 5 units to beat Matteo Berrettini within the first spherical of the match after which rallied from two units all the way down to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in an epic contest which lasted 5 hours and 45 minutes and completed at 4.05am. The second spherical match, which completed on Friday morning, was the longest of Murray’s profession.
It was no shock, then, that Murray seemed exhausted as he struggled to get grips with the primary set which was over earlier than it actually started.
However, as he has carried out all through his profession, Murray dug deep and rallied from a break down within the second set to win an astonishing tie break.
It was yet one more instance of the grit and dedication Murray brings to the game of tennis however, on this event, it simply wasn’t sufficient.
The grueling second set appeared to take its toll on Murray as Bautista Agut had the sting for the remainder of the match.
Murray by no means went away although, and continued to punish his opponent till the very finish and produced an array of gorgeous photographs.
After dropping match level, Murray obtained a standing ovation from the gang as he limped off the court docket.
The pair had beforehand met on the Margaret Courtroom Area in 2019 in what was supposedly Murray’s final sport on the grand slam.
However the veteran determined to proceed his profession and, after receiving a number of remedies for accidents, Murray has proved he nonetheless has extra to present 4 years later.
“2 days in the past I randomly ran into the physician who in 2017 instructed me ‘the excellent news is the issue you might have in your hip may be mounted however you received’t be capable of play skilled sport once more.’ I believe we dispelled that fable the final 5 days,” Murray tweeted after the match on Saturday.
Bautista Agut will now play American Tommy Paul within the final 16.
“All the time enjoying Andy could be very robust,” Bautista Agut stated throughout his on-court interview.
“He is aware of very effectively the way to play a grand slam match. I’m pleased with how I dealt with the nerves and pressure by the match, to play good tennis. I’m very pleased with the win.”