Andy Murray lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets of the Australian Open first round on Monday in what could be his last appearance.
The 31 year old started on a good pace but finally lost to 6-4 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2.
Murray had the crowd hail support on him when he won the third and fourth sets.
“If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end,” he said.
“I gave everything I had – it wasn’t enough tonight.“
Murray hinted about retirement on Friday last week when he would end his career soon due to chronic hip problem.
However after the loss to Bautista, Murray hinted at a possible come back in his on-court interview.
“Maybe I’ll see you again. I’ll do everything possible to try,” said an emotional Murray after an epic match which lasted four hours and nine minutes.
“If I want to go again, I’ll need to have a big operation, which there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to come back from anyway, but I’ll give it my best shot.“