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Croft: Murray confidence high

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Andy Murray will head to the Australian Open with 'huge confidence' as he targets another run to the final in Melbourne. 

The Scot enjoyed a triumphant end to last year as he played a leading role in Great Britain's Davis Cup final victory over Belgium.

Murray also finished the campaign at world No 2, an indication of a consistent campaign, and last year's beaten finalist will be one of the main contenders when the first major tournament on the ATP calendar starts on Monday.

Sky Sports expert Croft believes Murray's heroics for Great Britain have further boosted his confidence and expects him to benefit from a renewed partnership with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

"The Australian Open is always a chance to see what changes have been made in the off-season, what players have been working on, and what they've brought into their game," Croft told Sky Sports.

"In terms of Andy winning the Davis Cup - that gave him a huge amount of confidence and a big boost to the start of his year. He's dropped Jonas Bjorkman and brought back Amelie Mauresmo, and the puzzle for them to solve is how to get past Djokovic.

"They seem to work well together - from what I hear and understand, Andy really likes Amelie and believes in her. He really enjoys her creativity, which is how she played the game.

"There's no question that, in their time together, they have done well but he hasn't won a Grand Slam in two years so that's a puzzle. It's about getting past Djokovic or Federer."

Djokovic will be defending his Australian title and also took major trophies at the US Open and Wimbledon during a dominant 12 months at the top of the men's game.

Croft feels that Murray, like many of his rivals, will be working hard to topple the sport's stand-out player.

"There's no question [Murray can come close]. They have had some unbelievable battles," said Croft. "Even last year they played several times and Murray beat him in Montreal over three sets. But in last two meetings, they were fairly convincing wins for Djokovic."

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