He says he played well, he had his chances in the 1st set, but didn't take them, there also was a bad call against him at the end of the 1st set, so he means he was a bit unlucky in the 1st set.
And then Malisse started playing extremely well, no chance.
This Australian season has been a bit frustrating, he wasn't playing badly, but always lost to guys who were in the zone, Stepanek who won the whole thing then, Nalby and here Malisse.
He has no particular problem with the AO, on the contrary, he likes the surface, played well here in the past, etc. (Glad to hear that, he hasn't won a set in Melbourne since 2003 and won one freaking match in 2000!
About the fact that he gave up on the doubles to focus on the singles here ^^: it's not so common neither him nor Arnaud is injured, so they might have done well here, but he made a choice and Arnaud had no problem with it at all.
He misses his kids and goes back to Paris tomorrow. Then he will get ready for Zagreb.