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Andy Murray will hope to end his Australian Open drought but goes up against world No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic who is going in search of a record-equalling sixth Melbourne title on Sunday. 

Djokovic would appear to be the favourite with a perfect 5-0 record in his previous finals at Melbourne Park, while Murray is 0-4, with three losses to the top-ranked Serb.

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The top seed is chasing his 11th overall Grand Slam title, which would put him in a tie with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver for fifth on the all-time list. He would also equal Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open titles.

"When I hear predictions that are positive, of course, it does flatter and add to your confidence," he said.

"But you can't get carried away with that, if you know what I mean. It also imposes a great obstacle mentally in a way because you need to deliver. You need to be able to win and try to make this prediction true."

Djokovic was in irresistible form against Roger Federer on Thursday and has lost only once in his last 34 Grand Slam matches, but he is facing an opponent in Murray who is determined to break through after coming up short so many times at the Australian Open and add a third Grand Slam trophy to his 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles.

This will be Murray's ninth major final, but he only has those two trophies to show for it.

"I don't think many people are expecting me to win," he said after his five-set semi-final win over Milos Raonic on Friday. "But the previous disappointments, it's one tennis match. Doesn't matter what's happened in the past, really."

While Murray has only beaten the Serbian once in their last 11 meetings, he might take inspiration from his rival the other side of the net.

Djokovic lost five out of six major finals between 2012 and 2014, and the world No 1 is still yet to triumph at the French Open, losing his third final at Roland Garros to Stan Wawrinka last year.

Murray's string of recent defeats against Djokovic do not tell the whole story.

He was up a break in the third set in the final here 12 months ago and then outplayed the Serbian for a set and a half at Roland Garros.

The key, he admits, is making those spells last.

"The most important thing for me is to sustain my level for long enough, not just for one set here or there, a few games here or there," Murray said.

"I need to do it for a very long period if I want to get the win. That's my challenge on Sunday."


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