Murray ready for Aussie Open

BRITISH No1 Andy Murray insists his slip in the world rankings will not harm his chances of securing a long-awaited first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Murray – runner up in last year’s tournament, which starts today – begins his quest for glory tmorrow and is not fazed by his drop from fourth to fifth in the ATP standings.

“To be honest I don’t really care,” said the Scot. “Last year I was seeded five here and made it to the final. But I have been No4 and lost in the third round of slams.”

Murray’s first round clash sees him take on world No101 Karol Beck, once ranked as high as 38 before a two-year doping ban started in 2005.

Should Murray progress to the quarter-finals he would likely face Robin Soderling, the man who usurped him in the rankings.

DAY ONE | ORDER OF PLAY
Men’s Singles:
L Lacko (SVK) v R Federer (SWI) [2]

M Granollers (SPA) v N Djokovic (SRB) [3]

Women’s Singles:
C Wozniacki (DEN) [1] v G Dulko (ARG)

V Williams (USA) [4] v S Errani (ITA)