Marathon player Andy Murray runs out of steam in the third round of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray Australian Open

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts as he plays against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the men’s singles match on day six of the Australian Open tennis tournament on January 21, 2023 in Melbourne. (Photo by Manan Vatsyana/AFP)

Andy Murray’s 4:05 a.m. finish finally caught up with him at the Australian Open as the Brit bowed out in typically defiant fashion to Roberto Bautista Agut in round three on Saturday.

Murray, 35, was clearly feeling the effects of his epic five-setter in round two, which started on Thursday but ended early on Friday.

24th-seeded Spaniard Bautista won 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 and will face unseeded American Tommy Paul in the last 16.

Former world number one Murray, who has a metal hip after career-saving surgery four years ago, was 3-0 down in a flash in the first set.

But the three-time Grand Slam champion had the Margaret Court Arena firmly in his corner and a huge cheer went up when he finally got on the board, serving for 3-1.

It was only a temporary recovery as the Spaniard won the first set in 29 minutes.

Murray held serve to start the second set but looked sluggish, forcing five sets in his previous two matches.

The epic five-setter in round two against Australian Thanasi Kokinakis lasted five hours and 45 minutes – the longest match of Murray’s storied career.

He double-faulted against Bautista in the second set to go 2-1 down, Murray expressed frustration.

Five-time Australian Open runner-up Murray has produced a dramatic comeback and threatened once again, coming back from 4-4 to the delight of the crowd.

Murray doesn’t know when to quit.

His opponent then held two set points in the second set tiebreak, only for Murray to claim the set with a 9–7 win.

Batista got a break to win the third set, but Murray would not go into the fourth set, even after the match lasted more than three hours on court.

The killer blow followed as the 34-year-old Bautista broke Murray for a 5-4 lead, then sealed the deal with his first match point when the Brit returned to the net.

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