Andy Murray is out of the Australian Open after a straight sets defeat to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel.
In an error-strewn performance, Murray was unable to back up his first round victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili as Daniel claimed a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.
World No 120 Daniel produced an impressive display that defied his ranking and edged ahead in both of the opening sets with breaks of serve.
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Murray had his chances, including in Daniel’s opening service game of the second set in which he squandered four break points, but the 34-year-old had too much work to do from two sets down.
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An early break of serve in the third set offered Murray some hope of a comeback but Daniel broke straight back on a double fault from the three-time grand slam champion.
And Daniel was able to make the crucial second break in the ninth game of the third set, and he sealed his victory with a backhand volley to claim a deserved victory.
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