The biggest tennis stars paid tribute to Andy Murray after an emotional montage at the Melbourne Arena.
Murray, in what was his 854th career meeting, faced a grueling epic of five hours, beating 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 giant screens where Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among a host of prominent names who greeted the Scottish career in sport.
Roger Federer has paid tributes to Andy Murray in an exciting video montage of his rivals
Rafael Nadal has had many battles with Murray over the years and hailed his strong character
Novak Djokovic joked about the way he was beaten earlier with Murray in the lead
The Australian Open champion, Caroline Wozniacki, suggested that Murray could become his coach
The tributes were launched by the great American John Isner while congratulating Murray for a "career in the Hall of Fame".
The Croatian Marin Cilic added: "It was wonderful to share the court over the years with you".
Nick Kyrgios, a close friend of Murray in the ATP Tour circuit, wanted to commend Murray away from the field, rather than on it like others in the assembly.
"I'm very grateful to have shared a friendship with you in the Tour," said the controversial Australian.
The great American John Isner started the video tribute offering his congratulations
Marin Cilic of Croatia has savored battles with Murray after coming face to face over and over again
Nick Kyrgios is a close friend of Murray on the circuit and insists that Murray is a "sports legend"
& # 39; I do not want to touch the base on your tennis too much. We all know that you are an absolute legend of this sport and you will always be. "
Reacting to the sincere tributes, Murray said: "I was very lucky and unlucky, I guess I can compete in an age with people like Roger, Rafa and Novak.
"Incredible respect for them, we have had great battles and games all over the world that tennis fans will remember."
Some of Murray's great battles over the years have been with the other members of those who soon became known as the "big four" in the men's singles: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
Nadal, who fought his wounds in his career – especially his knees – added: "It's very sad that you have to take that position (retreat), but sometimes life is not perfect, I just want to say thank you for all things that you give to our sport. "
Federer has described himself as "the biggest fan of Murray" and believes that Murray has achieved more than what they will approach when they call the time of their careers.
The Swiss ace declared: "Incredible career partner, you have made Scotland proud, proud Britain, you are a gentleman, who can say it, almost nobody, but you played tennis.
"You always have friends in the locker room and you should be very proud of this fact, just know that I'm your biggest fan".
Djokovic has a lot of history with Murray. Whether it was the adversary when Murray claimed his first Grand Slam title in New York or lost the Scots again in 2013 for his first Wimbledon crown.
The Scot is overwhelmed by the excitement after winning Wimbledon for the first time in July 2013
The Serb has slipped into the rankings because of the injured timeout, but has risen to No. 1 in the world and while it has not happened to Murray and its fashion problems, its impact on the younger generation has really resonated with its Serbian rival.
"We had a nice trip, both of us," he said. "We played against each other when we were 12 in a small place in France, so you kicked pretty bad and who knew we would have amazing careers.
"Thank you for leaving the heart and the last drop of energy on the field and being a true example and inspiring the younger generation to play tennis the way you played."