Emotional Andy Murray consoled by Laura Robson after Australian Open exit

Andy Murray was knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open (Picture: Getty)

An emotional Andy Murray was consoled by Laura Robson in the wake of his Australian Open first round elimination, with the veteran Brit visibly crestfallen with his ‘very flat’ performance against Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

Murray, 36, was on the receiving end of a straight sets defeat to 30th seed Etcheverry, losing 6-4 6-2 6-2, and appeared to be fighting back the tears as he waved goodbye to the crowd in Melbourne.

Before the tournament, the two-time Wimbledon champion revealed that 2024 could be his final season in tennis before retirement and his early exit on Monday has only fuelled speculation that his decision could arrive sooner rather than later.

But the Scot – a five-time finalist Down Under – refused to make any knee-jerk comments in the immediate aftermath of the loss and will discuss his options with his camp over the coming days.

‘I’ve got lots of thoughts, obviously mainly just disappointment,’ Murray told Robson – his former mixed doubles partner – during a post-match interview with Eurosport.

‘I wasn’t necessarily feeling like I was going to win the tournament coming in but certainly that I was going to perform better than that. I’m just disappointed that it’s over so quickly.

‘It was a very, very flat performance out there and I’m most disappointed with that probably.’

Murray admitted it was a ‘bizarre feeling’ not being able to turn the tide as his Argentine opponent, Etcheverry, took charge and dominated the match.

‘I think it’s normal when you get close to the end of your career and you don’t know how many opportunities you get,’ he added.

‘You get out there and you put a little bit of pressure on yourself but I was also conscious of trying to use my energy in a better way, not get too frustrated on the court. The combination of those things just didn’t help.

‘I didn’t deal with the situation well and when the result wasn’t going my way, I wasn’t trying to figure out a solution to try and change the match. I was just trying to stay calm and it’s just a bizarre feeling on the court.’

Laura Robson and Andy Murray look on

Robson tried her best to console Murray after his defeat (Picture: Getty)

Murray said he was devastated to be going home while still feeling relatively ‘fresh’ and desperate to have progressed further in the Grand Slam.

He went on: ‘I don’t feel physically exhausted. When I finished here last year I was completely spent and going home I was like: “I want a week off!”

‘Right now, I don’t feel that tired, I feel fresh and don’t like feeling like that finishing a tournament. It’s not a nice way to be going home.

‘I’m entering a tournament the week after the Australian Open in France, I’ll have a chat to my team and family in the next few days and see where I go from here.’

Murray and Robson won silver at the London 2012 Olympics (Picture: Getty)

Robson, who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics with Murray in the mixed doubles, urged her compatriot to keep his head up despite his latest setback.

‘You’ve got loads more to give,’ Robson told Murray, to which he responded: ‘Do I? I don’t feel like that right now.

‘At times in the last year where I’ve really struggled, haven’t really enjoyed it that much.

‘I still feel like I can play good tennis but it’s not happening when I go out there on the match court and that’s where it matters, not in practice.’

Placing a hand on Murray’s shoulder, a supportive Robson replied: ‘You can, mate. All good.’

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