Andy Murray hopes to thrive under pressure

Andy Murray celebrates his quarter-final victory over Jeremy Chardy on January 23, 2013
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Andy Murray says that his performances in 2012 have given him confidence to produce his best tennis in the biggest matches.

Andy Murray has said that he hopes to thrive under the pressure when he faces Novak Djokovic in tomorrow's Australian Open final.

After losing in his first four grand slam finals, Murray beat Djokovic to claim the US Open in September last year.

No player in the Open era has won their second grand slam immediately after their first, but Murray is confident that he can produce his best tennis when it matters most.

"I think I started to play better tennis and played at my optimum level more in the big matches over the last year or so, which hasn't always been the case," Murray said. "That's what has changed for me."

The British number one added that he is in no doubt about the size of the task he faces. "[Djokovic] is the world number one, he was in the US Open final, the French Open final, Wimbledon semis and he's in the final here. And he's playing extremely well."

Murray faces Djokovic at 8.30am tomorrow morning.

Britain's Andy Murray in action in his semifinal match against Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 25, 2013
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