US Open champion Andy Murray will begin his quest for a second major title when he faces Dutchman Robin Haase at the Australian Open next week.
Murray started this year how he begun the last – with victory at the Brisbane International.
The Scot went on to enjoy the most successful year of his career in 2012. He will be hoping that is a lucky omen ahead of another tilt at the first Grand Slam of the season.
The British number one is a two-time finalist at the Australian Open and generally favours hard courts. He will feel confident heading into the event, with his hopes boosted by the continued absence of Rafael Nadal.
Before the draw was made, Murray insisted he never looks beyond the first round of majors. The world number three was wary of the strength of the men's game and was keen to take the upcoming tournament match by match. He was enjoying being back Down Under.
"I always love coming out to Australia, it's a great Slam and all the players love it, there's a laid-back atmosphere here," said Murray.
"I've performed consistently here and have been in two Grand Slam finals here in the last few years, but I'm aiming to go one better this year."
To do that, Murray must first get past world number 54 Haase. The pair have met twice before, with Murray coming out on top last time out at the 2011 US Open.
The 25-year-old has been drawn in the opposite half of the draw to reigning champion Novak Djokovic. However, Murray will have to work hard to meet the Serbian in the final, with Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer potential opponents in the latter stages.
As Murray conceded, there are no easy matches in Grand Slams.
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