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Andy Murray on a mission for elusive Aussie Open glory

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Mention the name Andy Murray to a group of tennis fans and you are bound to get a range of differing thoughts.

For whatever reason he seems to divide opinions all over the tennis landscape. Maybe it's his dour demeanour off-court, his somewhat fiery on-court temperament or maybe it's something in between.

Whatever it may be, Murray is someone that wears his heart on his sleeve and you need no greater example than his heroic performance in leading Great Britain to their first Davis Cup victory in 79 years last month against Belgium.

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Murray is no stranger to breaking hoodoos having done so two years earlier, becoming the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift the Wimbledon trophy.

Arriving in Perth this week in preparation for the Hopman Cup, an annual mixed team event where he will be partnered by Heather Watson, the 28-year-old is looking to break another hoodoo and, in turn, add another Grand slam to his name - The Australian Open.

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Despite falling at the final hurdle four times in his career in Melbourne (2010,2011,2013 and 2015), it is still a tournament he holds close to his heart.

"It is one of my favourite tournaments of the year. I have played some of my best tennis there and given myself a chance to win, but haven't been able to get over the final hurdle," Murray said.

In three of the four finals, Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic, who will be going for his sixth title at Melbourne Park this year and after a stellar 2015, will be the man to beat again.

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The Scot feels coming to Australia early and playing in a warm-up tournament like the Hopman Cup is perfect preparation.

"Last year when I played here I won my three matches. Heather also played well, but we just need to play a bit better in the mixed doubles," he said.

The Hopman Cup is played between January 3-9 at Perth Arena.

The Australian Open kicks off on the 18th, with the final on the 31st at Melbourne Park.

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