Melbourne: Andy Murray on Wednesday said he was always "very unlikely" to win the Australian Open four months after back surgery but added he was happy with his progress despite going out against Roger Federer. The Wimbledon champion fought resiliently and forced their quarter-final into a fourth set before going down to the 17-time Grand Slam champion 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 in three hours 20 minutes.
It was an encouraging performance from the world number four in just his seventh match this season after missing the tail-end of last season following his operation in September. "I don't know how many players have come back from surgery and won the first Grand Slam back in their second tournament. It's very unlikely to happen," Murray said. (Also read: Nadal beats 'Baby Fed' Dimitrov)
"I just need to use this as a stepping stone to getting better and be happy that I've got through five matches here. The last two were particularly tough.