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Jamie Murray is aiming for third time lucky in Australia

By Tom Allnutt

Jamie Murray is determined to get off the grand slam title mark after he and partner Bruno Soares beat French pair Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille at the Australian Open.

Murray lost at the last hurdle with former partner John Peers at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year, but the Scot now has the chance to go one step further as he and Soares sealed a 6-3 6-1 victory.

They will face the experienced duo of Canada's Daniel Nestor and Czech Radek Stepanek tomorrow, and Murray believes his two final defeats last year will help him this time around.

"I think I know what to expect," Murray said.

"Obviously I came up on the wrong side the last two times but it wasn't like I played bad matches or anything like that.

"I fully trust myself that I can perform in those matches. I believe Bruno can as well. I think the mentality we've got and the chemistry we seem to have struck up these last couple of weeks will bode well for us.

"We'll give it all we've got. We know it's going to be a tough match."

Murray - whose brother Andy is in today's semi-final of the singles against Milos Raonic - linked up with Brazilian Soares after splitting with Peers at the end of last season and they have enjoyed an excellent start together, winning their first title in Sydney earlier this month and now earning the chance to clinch a second in Melbourne.

"I think we complement each other well," Soares said.

"Jamie is really good at the net, really fast, he puts on a lot of pressure. One of my abilities is to make balls from the back.

"When I'm playing well, I'm consistent on returns and second balls, so that allows Jamie to be aggressive."

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