Australian Open: Murray has a chance to end heartbreak of three losses in the final

Andy Murray of Britain during a practice session at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Andy Murray of Britain during a practice session at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan 31, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Andy Murray will bid to end a tormenting run of three losing Australian Open finals as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic eyes a fifth triumph in Sunday's decider.

The year's first major has been a heartbreak Grand Slam for the Scot but he has given himself another chance to finally break through and add to his Wimbledon and US Open crowns.

The British sixth seed must halt Djokovic's formidable record on the Melbourne hardcourts where he reigns supreme, is four-from-four in finals and into his fifth title decider in eight years.

Djokovic has beaten Murray in two of his three Australian losses in 2011 and 2013 but the feisty Scot has mastered the Serb in his two major triumphs at the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon.

Djokovic, chasing his eighth Grand Slam triumph, is the favourite but Murray carries sentimental support given his travails in Melbourne.

"I know it's going to be extremely difficult to win the match tomorrow. I know if I want to win, it will probably be very tough and challenging physically," Murray said on Saturday.

"So I need to prepare myself mentally for that. But he has a fantastic record here. He obviously loves the court and the conditions. It would be a big upset if I manage to win tomorrow."

Murray, under the coaching of two-time French major champion Amelie Mauresmo, looked impressive in turning over Tomas Berdych in Thursday's semi-final while Djokovic laboured over five sets to put away defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

While delighted to have again reached Sunday's final, Djokovic admitted "the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be".