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Australian Open: Mental strength pleases Andy Murray

Australian Open, Melbourne
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 17-30 January
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I'm stronger for last year's final disappointment, says Murray

Andy Murray says he is stronger than ever mentally as he prepares to launch his bid to win the 2011 Australian Open and secure his first Grand Slam title.

The 23-year-old Scot, who plays Karol Beck at 0410 GMT, lost the 2010 final to Roger Federer, who had previously beaten him in the 2008 US Open final.

"I went through some tough patches after the Aussie Open," said Murray.

"That was something I had to come back from and I learnt from so I think mentally I'm in a better place."

The fifth seed spent most of December training in Miami in order to prepare for the arduous season ahead.

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"I did a lot of running on the track and running on the beach," the British number one, who has slipped to fifth in the world rankings, told BBC Sport.

"Just the usual weights, core stuff, movement work on the court.

"In terms of my game, I work on things a lot in practice, things that are hopefully going to improve my game.

"Then you just need to go out there and try to put them into the matches when you get the chance to."

MURRAY'S POSSIBLE ROUTE
R1: Karol Beck (Ranked 104)
R2: Illya Marchenko (78)
R3: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (33)
R4: Jurgen Melzer (11)
Q/F: Robin Soderling (4)
S/F: Rafael Nadal (1)
F: Roger Federer (2)

Murray will play Slovak world 104 Beck in the opening round and has avoided being drawn in the same quarter as world number one Rafael Nadal and world number two Federer.

If he beats Beck the Briton will play either Illya Marchenko or Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in the second round.

He could meet world number four Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals, while Nadal would then be a likely opponent in the last four.

If Nadal wins the Australian Open then the Spaniard would hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, having won the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open last year.

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