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As you may have noticed, it's grand slam time again. Which means it's time for Britain's only male tennis player to raise expectations with a few gritty early-round victories before crashing out somewhere between the quarters and the end.
Andy Murray, runner-up at Melbourne Park last year, today faces Ukraine's Illya Marchenko. What do we know about the world No79? He's 23, 6ft 1in, went out at this stage of the tournament last year, and, according to the ATP, he:
Began playing tennis at age seven...Father, Vassili and mother Anna are both engineers…Has one older brother, Igor, a manager and former ice skater who took part in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics…Admired Lleyton Hewitt growing up and now Roger Federer…Favorite surface is hard and best shot is his backhand…Likes computer games, music (rock) and movies (Bruce Willis)…Goal is to reach the Top 100…Coached by Orest Tereschuk since July 2009.
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