The biggest stars in tennis paid tribute to Andy Murray
after in an emotionally-charged montage inside the Melbourne Arena.
Murray, in what was his 854th career match, endured a gruelling five-hour epic as he was beaten 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-2 by Roberto Bautista Agut.
During his post-match interview his eyes were diverted to the big screens where Roger Federer
, Rafael Nadal
and Novak Djokovic
were among a host of star names hailing the Scot's career in the sport.
The tributes are kicked off by big-serving American John Isner as he congratulates Murray on a 'Hall of Fame career'.
Croat Marin Cilic added: 'It was definitely great to share the court over the years with you.'
Nick Kyrgios, a close friend of Murray's on the ATP Tour circuit, wanted to praise Murray away from the court, rather than on it like others in the montage.
'I am very grateful to have shared a friendship with you on the Tour,' the controversial Australian said.
'I don't want to touch base too much on your tennis. We all know you are an absolute legend of the sport and you always will be.'
Reacting to the heartfelt tributes, Murray said: 'I've been very fortunate and unlucky I guess to compete in an era with people like Roger, Rafa and Novak.
'Incredible respect for them, we have had great battles and matches all around the world that tennis fans will remember.'
Some of Murray's big battles over the years have been with the other members of what quickly became known as the 'big four' in men's singles: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Nadal, who himself has battled injuries of his own in his career - mainly his knees - added: 'It is very sad you have to take that position (to retire) but sometimes life is not perfect. I just want to say thanks for all the things you give to our sport.'
More to follow.