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Murray wary of 'aggressive' Haase

ESPN staff
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Andy Murray steps on court as the US Open champion

Andy Murray is expecting Robin Haase to come out swinging when the two meet in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The British No. 1 will be in unknown territory when he steps on court, as it will be the first grand slam he has played as a major champion. He does not know how that will play on his mind, but is happy with the way he has been operating on the practice courts.

"I feel good just now," Murray, who won the Brisbane International earlier this month, said. "I've been practising well, moving well in practice."

Hasse is a dangerous first-round opponent, with his all-or-nothing approach. Murray had to battle back from two sets down to beat the Dutchman at the 2011 US Open and is expecting bombs to be fired at him.

"He's a very good player, very talented," Murray said. "I had a tough match with him at the US Open, he likes playing on big courts.

"He tends to come out firing and going for big shots, playing extremely aggressive. So I'll need to be prepared for that.

"When I played him in New York it was a very, very tough match and I expect the same thing here."

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