Murray upbeat for Melbourne bid

28 December 2016 09:40:35 EST

Andy Murray is determined to try and finally end his wait to claim the Australian Open title, insisting he will head to Melbourne full of confidence.

The world number one has lost in the Australian Open final on no fewer than five occasions in the last seven years, being beaten once by Roger Federer and four times by Novak Djokovic.

I'll give it a good go this year, but there's no guarantee that it'll happen for me.

Andy Murray

However, having usurped Djokovic at the top of the rankings following a superb second half of 2016, Murray says he will head Down Under with plenty of belief that he can claim the fourth Grand Slam title of his career.

He told reporters: "I've played really well there in the past and it hasn't happened for me, so I'll need to do something a little bit different this year.

"But I love the conditions there, I enjoy the tournament a lot and I'll be going in hopefully playing well with a lot of confidence because of the way I finished 2016.

"I'll give it a good go this year, but there's no guarantee that it'll happen for me."

Murray lost in the Melbourne final in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, winning just two sets across those five defeats.

Djokovic, meanwhile, has won the first Grand Slam of the season six times in the last nine years.

The Serb can be backed at 13/8 to claim yet another Australian Open title early next year, with Murray available at 13/8 and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka priced at 12/1.

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