Andy Murray wins just two games in mauling by Novak Djokovic in major dent to Australian Open hopesJanuary 10, 2019
Murray is looking to put up a good showing in Melbourne as he plays in the Grand Slam event for the first time since 2017.
The former British number one is gradually working his way back to form and fitness following a year sidelined after hip surgery.
But he was given a harsh dose of reality about where his game currently stands when he took on old foe Djokovic in a two-set warm-up match.
Played under full match conditions on Magaret Court Arena, the 31-year-old won only two games as he was thrashed 6-1 4-1 by Djokovic.
The Serb, who has himself battled back from injury to regain his place among the best in the world, looked a different class compared to Murray, who looked laboured and lacking sharpness and instesity to his game.
It will come as little surprise to many that Murray is well short of form and conditioning having played just six tournaments throughout 2018.
But having worked hard on fine tuning his game and body over the close season, the two-time Wimbledon champion would have been expecting to be in better shape than he looked against Djokovic.
He failed to hold serve in the first set, and took just one game on serve in the second as he was left in no doubt how far short his game really is.
There were even signs of him limping in the second set, just a week after admitting he still feels pain in the hip at times.
Murray's day took a turn for the worse when the draw was made for the opening round of the Australian Open.
Because of his low ranking following his spell out injured, Murray was not protected and he has been handed a tough first round tie against number 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Spaniard claimed the title in Doha last week, beating Djokovic on the way.
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