Andy Murray collected his 22nd championship Monday in a dominant 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov at the Brisbane International.
Murray, ranked No. 4 in the world, has no problems with Dologpolov, or anyone for that matter; he lost only two sets en route to the championship and did not lose a service game in the quarterfinals or semifinals.
The championship victory will be a good warmup for Murray for the upcoming Australian Open, which begins January 16. Murray has finished in second place in each of the last two installments of the major tournament and is 0-3 lifetime in major championship finals.
No man from Great Britain has won a major championship since 1936, but Murray believes that he is the one who could end that drought:
"I'm a year wiser, I have a year more experience and I think I've improved a few things in my game," Murray said.
"I still played pretty good last year in Australia. I could play great tennis again and lose in the second round or the third round, that's how tennis works sometimes.
"But equally I could win the tournament if I play my best. So I just need to show up, give 100 per cent every single point. If someone plays a great match to beat me, then that happens, but if I play well like I did this week I give myself a good chance."