US Open favourite for Brisbane
IF the predictions of two former Grand Slam winners are right, this year's US Open champion will be the star attraction at the 2013 Brisbane International.
Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray has confirmed he will return to Queensland to defend the title he won last year.
"I really enjoyed playing the Brisbane International for the first time this January, and claiming the title was great preparation leading into the Australian Open," Murray said. "Brisbane attracts a tough draw with a lot of top players ... obviously I want to play as many matches as possible, and if I can, win. Winning always gives you extra confidence and is the perfect start leading into the first Grand Slam of the year."
Winning Olympic gold, where he beat world No.1 Roger Federer, would no doubt have him full of confidence ahead of the US Open which starts on Monday.
With Rafael Nadal out with an injured knee, Murray has been seeded No.3 behind Federer and Novak Djokovic.
And Murray has two former greats, Mats Wilander and Goran Ivanisovic, in his corner. Both said the Englishman loomed as the player to beat at Flushing Meadows.