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Murray says he's ready to crack Open title

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Melissa Woods

Confident and fighting fit, world No.1 Andy Murray says he feels ready to finally win a breakthrough Australian Open crown.

The 29-year-old has made the decider at Melbourne Park five times since 2010 but has always come away empty-handed.

After wresting the top ranking from Novak Djokovic, Murray can also stop the Serb claiming a record seventh Australian Open title.

"Each time I come, I think I've got a chance of winning but it's just never happened but, hopefully, this year will be different," Murray said on Thursday.

"I do think the last few months of last year can help me with giving me a bunch of confidence - other players look at that and see you're playing well and (I) feel physically and mentally strong."

Murray went on a stunning run towards the end of 2016, racking up 28 consecutive ATP Tour wins which Djokovic ended in last week's Qatar Open final.

The Scotsman capped the year by receiving his knighthood in the New Year's honours list following his Olympic gold medal in Rio, Wimbledon title and the No.1 ranking.

"I've never had that consistency before and those results before but the challenge when you're at the top is to try to stay there and a lot of people say that's harder," Murray said.

He said the arrival of his daughter Sophia last February had given him a new perspective and made him a more-consistent person and player.

He no longer stewed for a whole day over a bad training session and now simply "parked it" and enjoyed family time.

"I didn't have as many ups and downs last year; I wasn't getting too high when I was winning and too low when I was losing because tennis wasn't the most-important thing anymore," he said.

Murray spent time training in the heat of Miami to help prepare him for the Melbourne summer and was in top physical shape after overcoming long-running back trouble.

He said he didn't feel weighed down by the expectation of carrying the top seeding or that he had come so close so many times in the past.

"I would love to win it but I don't feel different coming in this year to any of the other years in terms of the pressure I'm putting on myself.

"Maybe that changes if I get close to the final but, right now, I don't feel it."

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