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i won't blow it again: murray

Andy Murray believes he will be mentally and physically ready to win his first grand slam title when he meets Roger Federer in the final of the Australian Open tomorrow.

The 22-year-old has been in the form of his career over the past fortnight at Melbourne Park as he has swept into the final having dropped just one set and beating defending champion Rafael Nadal along the way.

Murray could not have asked for a more difficult opponent in the final, however, with the world number one and 15-time grand slam record holder lying in wait.


Federer has himself been in imperious form in Melbourne and cruised into the final with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory in his semi-final against 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that took just one hour and 28 minutes.

The Swiss star's victory set up a rematch of the 2008 US Open final when he beat Murray in straight sets.

Murray produced an anxious display that day, in his first major final, and has vowed to enjoy the occasion tomorrow to rid himself of nerves.

"I was obviously nervous, as everyone is going to be," Murray said, reflecting back on the US Open final.

"When you look back at the US Open final, definitely when I look back at it, I will have enjoyed the experiences. It is a huge low if you don't win, but I can imagine the high that you feel when you win a grand slam is incredible.

"So I'll try and enjoy it as best as I can. I'm sure, regardless of the result, when I look back in two, three, four years' time I definitely will have enjoyed it."

Murray said he would also be in top physical condition, despite feeling for his back on a couple of occasions during his four-set win over Marin Cilic in his semi-final on Thursday.

With three days between that match and tomorrow's final Murray believes the stiffness he has suffered in his back all tournament will not hinder him.

"Even at the start of the tournament, my back has just been stiff," he said. "The courts, they're just really sticky. With it being only the first, second tournament of the year you expect to have little niggles.

"I'm sure a lot of the other players do as well because the season is so long, we don't have a whole lot of time off. It's not going to be a problem in the final. It's just a little bit stiff."