Before defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open final, Murray had been on a 28-match winning streak and was the firm favourite to win the event down under.
The dramatic match showcased the best of men's tennis for 2 hours, 54 minutes. He was also fortunate not to be defaulted for accidentally hitting a woman in the stands with a ball hit in anger. I didn't have too long, but obviously you think about something like that because I do feel like it's obviously a big honour to be offered that, but with that comes maybe a little bit more responsibility.
"I hope we are going to play against each other".
Newly knighted Andy Murray will bid to end a run of heartbreaking defeats at the Australian Open and see off his chief rival Novak Djokovic as he enters his first Grand Slam tournament as world number one.
Murray's loss ended his 28-match winning streak that dated to September 18.
But after years of playing second fiddle to the 12-time major-winning Serb, Murray is coming off a break-out year when he knocked Djokovic off the top spot to become world number one for the first time.
Murray finally capitalized on his fourth break point - second in that 10th game - with an inside out forehand victor.
Murray might have gained greater confidence with Djokovic's drop, and it's hardly surprising that he found more stability and titles since his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl.
But with six titles, Djokovic will make history as the player with the most Australian Open victories if he manages to win the tournament again.
"This is the year in 2017 for seven, seven - I don't know, I'm not a numerologist, but it sounds good". "My body feels all right just now, so that's positive".
Murray broke down 4-5 in the second set and went on to win the next two games to snag the second set and force the decider.
"I had a break point at 3-2".
But he failed to take it and then could not hold a subsequent service game as Djokovic dug in to put himself on course for a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 success in a match which lasted nearly three hours.
The Serb received a warning for the incident and a further warning for smashing his racket in the second set saw him deducted a point.
Djokovic said that he was unaware that the ball had hit someone and said it was an accident. While that could have resulted in a default, Bernardes just issued Djokovic a warning.