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Rusedski: Murray can be record-breaker in Melbourne

ESPN staff
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Greg Rusedski has predicted Andy Murray can achieve what no man has done at this week's Australian Open by adding to his maiden grand slam at the first time of asking.

No player in the open era has managed to follow up his first success by winning the very next slam. Roger Federer won Wimbledon and then the Australian Open, but failed to claim the US Open in between.

Murray, who admits he may be nervous ahead of his opener with Robin Haase, can create history if he follows his US Open success in 2012 by taking the year's first major in 2013, and Rusedski feels one very significant factor - the Brit's age - is in his favour.

"It is an amazing statistic, [but] the reason I think it might be broken, this rule, is because Andy is 25," Rusedski told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"He is a little bit older, it has taken him a little bit longer to do stuff. If you look in the past his best grand slam results, historically, have always been at the Australian Open.

"It is really tough to go against the bookies' favourite, [Novak] Djokovic, but I think Murray can go all the way this year."

Rusedski also predicts current world No. 3 Murray will become embroiled in a battle with Djokovic for the No. 1 spot by the end of the year. Federer currently separates the pair in the rankings.

"For me, this is going to be the battle for world No. 1 in 2013 - Djokovic-Murray. There is a big psychological battle there because they have grown up [together], their birthdays are a week apart.

"There are a lot of similarities in their game and mentalities. I think by the first three majors we will know who is going to be No. 1 and I think it is going to be nip and tuck."

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