Andy Murray hopes a different preparation routine for the Australian Open will see him break his curse in Melbourne.
World number one Murray begins his quest to add the Australian title to his Grand Slam victories at the US Open and Wimbledon next month after finishing as the runner-up there on five previous occasions.
Murray has warmed up for the tournament by competing in the Hopman Cup in each of the last two years, but this time around, he has chosen to play in Abu Dhabi, which he hopes will make a difference.
"I've played really well there in the past and it hasn't happened for me so I'll need to do something a little bit different this year," said the British player.
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"I love the conditions there and I enjoy the tournament a lot, and I'll be going in hopefully playing well and with a lot of confidence because of the way I finished 2016, so I'll give it a good go this year."
Murray enjoyed a stunning end to the 2016 season after following up Wimbledon success and Olympic gold with victory over Novak Djokovic in the ATP Tour Finals to take the world number one spot.
However, that run of form came at a cost, with Murray admitting he was physically exhausted when the campaign drew to a conclusion.
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"Getting to number one it took me basically the whole year, right down to the last tournament, the last match of the year to finish number one, so that was really, really hard and it took a lot out of me physically and mentally," he added.
"I was really, really tired, more tired than I've been at the end of any season that I'd finished before."