Andy Murray expected Australian Open exit

Andy Murray slaps his racket in frustration during the Australian Open quarter-final against Roger Federer in Melbourne on January 22, 2014
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Andy Murray says that it would have been "stupid" of him to believe he could win the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has admitted that he did not expect to win this year's Australian Open considering he had not long undergone back surgery.

Roger Federer defeated the British number one 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the competition, and Murray concedes that he is not yet back to his best.

"I wasn't expecting to come in and win the event; that would have been completely stupid to think that," he told BBC Sport.

"It's a very tough thing to do playing against Roger at that level, and even if I'd won I would have had to play Rafa [Nadal] in a couple of days.

"I'm happy to be playing at a good level just now and, with a few more matches and a bit of training and working on a few things, I'll hopefully be back to my best at some stage this year."

Murray, who went under the knife in September, has only featured in one other tournament since his operation.

Roger Federer celebrates during the Australian Open quarter-final against Andy Murray in Melbourne on January 22, 2014
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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
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10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
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19United States John Isner2,110
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