Tim Henman insists he was not shocked by his Australian Open first-round defeat by Dmitry Tursunov as he continues to recover from an injury-disrupted 2005.
After falling behind in the opening set Henman recovered to take the lead, but Tursunov dominated the second and third sets to open up a match-winning advantage and then recovered from 1-5 down in the fourth set to win 5-7 6-3 6-4 7-5.
Having never been beyond the fourth round in nine previous visits to Melbourne Park, 31-year-old Henman continued a miserable recent run.
Tursunov, who also beat Henman at Wimbledon last year, will now play Spanish 16th seed Tommy Robredo.
While he was obviously disappointed with the result, having had his chances throughout the match, Henman was not distraught after the defeat.
"I know where I'm at right now. I've got to regain some momentum in my game," Henman said.
"With the limited sort of schedule I played at the latter part of last year, and obviously starting afresh this year, the priority is to be out there healthy and competing.
"Don't get me wrong, it is disappointing to lose, but I tend at this stage not to dwell on the last 15, 20 minutes. For the majority of the match, it was incredibly close."
Tursunov made the brighter start to the match to lead with a break but he was unable to capitalise and the more experienced Henman fought back to take the set.
But just when it appeared Henman was ready to assert his authority it was instead Tursunov who made the running and quickly levelled the match before then moving ahead.
Henman lifted significantly in the fourth set and raced to a 5-1 lead as the Margaret Court Arena crowd anticipated a five-set thriller, but Henman was unable to close out the match in the eighth or 10th games.
And having twice survived as Henman served to keep the contest alive, Tursunov put his nose in front for the first time in the set when he held serve in the 11th game, and then sealed his triumph when he put away a cross-court forehand as Henman came to the net.