Taro Daniel’s "s***" slip of the tongue after Andy Murray win at Australian Open

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Taro Daniel mistakenly let "s***" slip out after he beat Andy Murray in the second round of the Australian Open.

The 28-year-old Japanese tennis player recorded a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets victory over the British number three.

Underdog Daniel, who has progressed through to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, was understandably over the moon post-match.

His excitement at the achievement clearly got the better of him, as he first headed off for the dressing room before realising he was wanted for an on-court interview.

And then during that he suffered an unfortunate slip of the tongue.

When asked if it was the best he'd ever played, Daniel said: "Yeah it was an amazing level for me.

"But I was getting pretty nervous in the third set, I was cramping a little bit at the beginning of the third, and I was like ahhhh s***, you know."

He nervously laughed off the error before continuing: "But you know I tried not to make a big deal out of this match, because everyone was asking me 'oh you're playing Murray, and you're going to play on a big court'.

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"But it's just another match and at the end of the day, it's kind of contradictory what I'm saying – it's important but it's not important, so that's how it is."

Murray had exceeded the pre-tournament expectations of him to get past his first-round opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier this week.

However, he was powerless to stop world No.120 Daniel who dominated throughout.

It was the first time he had reached the second round Down Under since 2017, when he progressed through to the fourth round.

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

Whether he will bounce back from this disappointment to continue competing remains to be seen, though.

  • Andy Murray
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