Andy Murray will plough ahead this season after a heartbreak second-round loss on Thursday to exit the Australian Open.

The Scot went down to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4 6-4 6-4 in an unhappy end to his Aussie edition.

“I really don’t know what happened. I felt very good on the court physically, but I made too many mistakes in the most important moments of the game.

“I’m very frustrated and it’s a very tough loss for me.”

The former No 1 will carry on in February as he tries to lift his ranking back into the Top 100 after half a decade of injury worries.

“This is a very important year for me for several reasons, and I want to have a good performance in the Grand Slams.

“Reaching the second round of a Grand Slam is not something that particularly motivates me. 

“I want to come back here but everything will depend on how I do this year in terms of results and how I perform. at big events.

“I am planning to play in Doha and Dubai. Now I will go home and rest with the family for a bit.

“Then I will start training and prepare for these tournaments.” 

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