With the dust now fully settled on a superb year for Andy Murray, the 25-year-old Scot will not have long before it all starts again and this time he needs to get off to a victorious start.
The opening slam of the 2013 season will be the Australian Open in Melbourne and having twice managed to get to the final it is imperative that Murray goes one better this time at the Rod Laver Arena.
Having finally broken his duck by winning the US Open in New York earlier this year, it is important – especially considering the talents of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and the returning Rafael Nadal – that Murray starts to win regularly.
There is no doubt that the Brit has what it takes to really dominate in the game. He is strong hard court player, and with two of the four slams on that surface, along with the home support on the grass of Wimbledon, he realistically can win three of the four slams regularly.
It is, however, hard to see his game ever being suited to the clay of Roland Garros, a point that has found some support on Betfair.
So, despite Djokovic hanging on to the number 1 ranking for the second successive year, Murray’s time is now. Winning in Australia will not be easy. But it is a real chance to show that he is not a ‘one hit wonder’.
Modern day tennis is about accumulating titles, as Federer and Nadal have shown, with Djokovic now getting in on the act.
Murray has already achieved what would be for some players an insurmountable amount in his career so far, but he truly does have the chance to be a great.
His strength and stamina is now of Djokovic-esque proportions and his technique is flawless.
With Ivan Lendl in his corner, the only part of the jigsaw that remains not completely connected is his mental toughness. Back-to-back slams straddling 2012 and 2013 will make it a fully connected picture.