Early form doesn't worry Murray

TWO-TIME Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray doesn't believe a rusty start to 2012 will hinder his chances of being the last man standing at the first Grand Slam of the year.

The Brisbane International top seed was less than convincing in his first appearance at Pat Rafter Arena last night, eventually moving past Mikhail Kukushkin 5-7 6-3 6-2.

The Scot stumbled badly out of the blocks, dropping his first two service games and going down 0-4 before losing the first set.

The Kazakh's gun-slinging approach proved a handful for Murray, who laboured under the weight of several niggling injuries - the legacy of a brutal off-season training regime.

None of it boded well for the 24-year-old, who had a front-row seat as Roger Federer and then Novak Djokovic hoisted the silverware in Melbourne as the dust settled on the past two Australian Open finals.

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