Three years ago at Melbourne Park, Murray caught everyone by surprise by tearfully announcing he feared his career was coming to an end.
Andy Murray lost to Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic 6-3, 6-2 as his two-year wait for an ATP title goes on.
The physically-demanding encounter lasted a staggering three hours and 15 minutes on Ken Rosewall Arena.
This comes after the former World No.1 lost to Facundo Bagnis in his first match of the season last week in Melbourne.
Rafael Nadal was preparing to compete in the Australian Open, which begins on January 17 in Melbourne, Australia.
2016 was a golden year in the tennis career of Andy Murray, and he ended it in fine fashion too, winning his one and only ATP Finals title.
Andy Murray beat world No.10 Hubert Hurkacz at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
Murray suffered a disappointing straight-set defeat against second seed Diego Schwartzman at the European Open.
Cameron Norrie clinched the Indian Wells men’s singles title with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili on Sunday.
The 30th seed rattled the Greek player early on, but Tsitsipas worked his way back into the match to register a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in two hours and four minutes.