Greg Rusedski impressed with relaxed Andy Murray

Great Britain's Andy Murray in action in the second round against Joao Sousa on January 17, 2013
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Greg Rusedski tips Andy Murray to win the Australian Open and believes that his new-found confidence will see the Scot past Novak Djokovic.

Former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski believes that Andy Murray has found peace with his game and is a major threat to Novak Djokovic's position as world number one.

Murray is chasing a second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this month and Rusedksi has picked the Scot to triumph in Melbourne thanks to a new ruthless streak.

He told the Tennis Space: "You can already see that he's more relaxed. He's much more open and giving now, willing to talk about how he used a sports psychologist.

"He never would have spoken about that before. The belief is there now. All of a sudden, he feels good about himself. I've picked him to win this event, even though Djokovic is many people's favourite.

"That's because of that mental fortitude and also because of that relationship with Djokovic, with the two of them being born just a week apart, and the history of them growing up together. That's going to play a huge part if both guys get to the final."

Murray is in second-round action at Melbourne Park later today against Portuguese qualifier Joao Sousa.

Britain's Andy Murray returns a shot during his first round clash with Robin Haase at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210
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