Andy Murray dumped out Australia Open in crushing loss despite Djokovic absence

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Andy Murray failed to take advantage of Novak Djokovic's deportation saga as he crashed out of the Australia Open in the second round.

The 34-year-old British No.1 was smashed 3-0 by Japan's Taro Daniel on day four of the grand slam tournament in Melbourne.

Murray had taken five sets to beat his first-round opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier this week.

But he was powerless to stop world No.120 Daniel, with the 28-year-old progressing through to the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career.

Daniel, a Japanese qualifier, dominated throughout and claimed a comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 straight sets victory.

The next chance of success at a grand slam for Murray comes in May when the French Open returns, before Wimbledon roles around at the end of June.

Elsewhere, British No.1 Dan Evans progressed to the third round after his opponent Arthur Rinderknech withdrew with a wrist injury.

Evans, 31, had been due to face the Frenchman on Thursday but received a walkover prior to the start of the match.

He will now faceFelix Auger Aliassime after the Canadian ninth seed beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

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