Andy Murray’s performance in a practice match against world number one Novak Djokovic was concerning as the Australian Open kicks off this week.
Murray has been drawn against Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the first Grand Slam of the year.
The Scot will be glad he has missed out on Novak Djokovic as Murray comes into the tournament unseeded.
Last year was a disappointing time for the former number one, as he dropped 15 rankings to 16th at the turn of the year having only one calendar title to his name.
In his allocated time slot with Djokovic, he only held serve once in an unconvincing loss of 6-1, 4-1 as the Serb didn’t even need to come out of first gear.
He landed just 49% of his first serves, winning a total of eight points on serve.
Murray looked frantically frustrated with himself as he looked nothing like the former number one we saw in 2016/17.
The British number one has struggled to return to form following hip surgery, and these concerns were met when he lost to Daniil Medvedev in Brisbane last week, and it remains to be seen how he will cope over the course of five sets.
However, Murray hasn’t lost his humour during the disappointing time in his career, and cracked a witty one liner towards Djokovic as he conceded a point to a winner that had been called by the line judge.
“You wouldn’t of done that if it was the final,” he said, according to the Metro.
Seeing Murray in the final would be quite a miracle with his recent form and injury set-backs, although he appeared to admit defeat on his Instagram as he posed with the trophy and captioned the image; “The closest I’ll ever get to the Aussie Open Trophy #5timeloser”
It’s upsetting to see Murray limping out of his career, but at least he is doing so with a smile on his face.