It was painfully obvious watching Andy Murray suffering Down Under from that reoccurring hip injury that has all-but prematurely brought an end to his glittering career.
Murray played Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open and lost in a five-set thriller in Melbourne.
The Spaniard led by two sets before Murray pulled it back in dramatic circumstances.
Ultimately, though, the inevitable pain caused by the hip injury took its toll on the Scotsman in the fifth and final set that he lost 6-2.
The loss, though, was a commendable one, as Murray nobly battled through the toughest of mental and physical challenges.
Murray took the lead of the last set by one, and on the commencement of the second, produced something really special.
A short video from the match has been highlighted as one of most entertaining points anybody will see for a long time.
Murray looked to be on the back foot right away after a strong serve from Bautista. After a back-and-forth rally, the point seemed to be over when the 22nd seed brought Murray to the front of the court, then sent him straight back with a wonderful lofted shot to the very back.
Murray, though, without looking, saved the point with an incredible shot.
Bautista came straight back with a spike, which still didn’t stop Murray, who returned well before his opponent inevitably sent a shot out of play.
Murray had broke Bautista’s serve from the most unlikely of circumstances whilst clearly suffering from that untimely hip injury.
It is moments like this that have left tennis supporters gutted to see his illustrious career come to a disappointing end.
A rally like this just shows the quality of one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen, but also shows exactly why he has to leave the sport he has done everything for.
Despite being one point ahead and breaking the serve of Bautista in the next, Murray lost the set 6-2, but set a reminder to everybody that he most certainly hasn’t lost that incredible talent.News Now - Sport News