The hurt from disappointing defeats “does not get any easier” said Andy Murray after a subdued display against Japan’s Taro Daniel saw him knocked out of the Australian Open in round two.
Britain’s Murray lost three straight sets to qualifier Daniel – ranked below him at 120 in the world – on John Cain Arena.
It was a far cry from the 34-year-old’s performance in Tuesday’s victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Former world number one Murray, now ranked 113th, had never previously lost a Grand Slam match to an opponent ranked as low as Daniel.
For 28-year-old Daniel, victory meant he reached the third round of a major for the first time in his career.