‘I’m looking forward to the end’ – Andy Murray makes retirement admission after emotional Miami Open exit

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Andy Murray has admitted he’s ‘looking forward to the end’ after bowing out of the Miami Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion faced Tomas Machac in the last 32 of the competition, a match that he lost 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 in a final set tie break.

Murray's Miami Open came to an end in the third round on Monday

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Murray’s Miami Open came to an end in the third round on MondayCredit: Getty

Murray has battled back from career-threatening hip surgery, a procedure that has seen the Scotsman lose much of the power and movement that made him one of world tennis’ top stars of the last 20 years.

At 36 years of age, Murray has already hinted that time may be up on his glittering career, something that he mentioned again after exiting the Miami Open – a competition in a city where he has lived for much of his tennis career.

He said: “I wasn’t thinking about all the matches I played.

“Just more that that’s the last match that I am going play here which is sad because I love it here.

“I’ve spent so much of my tennis career here and I would have liked it to have gone on a little bit longer.

“This tournament particularly for me is an important one so it was a bit more emotional leaving the court today than it might be at some of the other events.

“I am looking forward to the end now, give my best the next few months and get to be at home with my family.

“Miami has been a special place for me during my career. It’s been my tennis home really. I’ve done so much of my work and training and preparation here. I love the city.”

The disappointment was clear to hear in Murray's post-match interview

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The disappointment was clear to hear in Murray’s post-match interviewCredit: Getty

Murray’s Miami Open has seen him win back-to-back matches for the first time since last summer, an achievement that isn’t lost on the three-time grand slam winner.

He said: “It’s been pretty positive, there were some good signs in my game, definitely an improvement on the last few tournaments.

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“Not perfect but considering everything to be winning matches against the players I did and pushing Tomas like I did today, I’m proud of myself because it’s extremely difficult to do what I’m doing with the issue that I have.

“To still be able to compete with these guys is a credit to myself and the work that I’ve done and the effort that I’ve put into this to keep myself in this position.”

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