Andy Murray will begin his 2009 grand slam season this morning against world number 1,140 Andrei Pavel in his first round match of the 2009 Australian Open.
The match will be first up on the Rod Laver Arena court and will begin around midnight GMT – You will be able to watch live on BBC 2 or Eurosport.
The pair have met once before, with Murray winning in five dramatic sets 6-3 3-6 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the second round of the US open in 2005. Murray at the time was only 18 and still coached by now Sky Sports commentator mark Petchy and in that particular match an error by Petchy with Murray’s energy drink cause the young Scot to vomit on court.
Murray is now 21, world number 4 and the pre tournament favorite. He is playing a 34 year old, who has not played in nearly a year, there are not many matches when one person is such an overwhelming favorite to win, but the curse of British expectations could hit and we could all be writing the unthinkable tomorrow. Not this time though, Murray will surely prevail.