A fourth-round run at the US Open saw Murray end 2006 in the top 20 and head into the new season brimming with confidence.
Having beaten world number three Nikolay Davydenko to reach the Doha final, he went into the Australian Open as a title dark horse.
But after a classic five-set encounter with world number two Rafael Nadal, Murray's dreams died in the last 16.
"I don't believe for one minute that Nadal knew where Murray's next shot was coming from. Not for one minute."
British Davis Cup captain John Llloyd
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