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Murray hopes to end Australian Open jinx

  • Andy Murray will step out on Monday to end the jinx of a record run of Australian Open final defeats as his arch rival Novak Djokovic strives to become the greatest champion of the tournament.

    Currently World’s number one, the Scottish player is looking to break the jinx of becoming the first man in the post-1968 Open era to slip by six Grand Slam finals at the same major. Earlier his coach Ivan Lendl has lost five finals at the US Open before he made it through in New York in 1985.

    Murray, who opens his campaign with a match against Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko on Rod Laver Arena, says that he’s in a better position at this point of time to finally break through for his maiden Australian Open.

    Murray had a magnificent 2016 wherein he claimed his second Wimbledon crown, a successful Olympic title defence and knocked off Djokovic from the top spot thereby becoming world number one for the first time.

    Murray is likely to face Japanese fifth seed Nishikori or Swiss legend Roger Federer in the quarters and 2014 winner Wawrinka in the semis.

    Djokovic will be gunning for Murray in the year’s first Grand Slam where he has a commendable record of six finals and six victories going back to 2008.