Murray opens 2013 with 25th title

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Andy Murray has retained his Brisbane International title with an adventurous 7-6(0) 6-4 defeat of a beefed up Grigor Dimitrov.

Anyone wondering who might be waiting in the wings when the current Big Four leave centre stage could do worse than look more closely at Dimitrov. The 21-year-old Bulgarian has a new coach and has added depth and scope to his groundstroke weapons in a bid to help him deliver on his long-touted Baby Federer moniker.

But, for the time being, it was business as usual for at least one member of tennis’ ruling quartet. Not that it looked that way initially, as the Scot lost 11 of the first 12 points and trailed 0-3. Murray saved a set point before running out a decisive tiebreak.

Although the top seed went a break down in the second set, it was standard fare for the defending champion, who rarely takes the motorway if a scenic route is available, usually one that involves a degree of off-roading.

Murray broke back at 3-4, with a stunning trademark backhand pass, a thunderbolt return of serve and a clean backhand winner down the line. The Scot held for 5-4 and finished off with a further break to wrap up his 25th tour title in 90 minutes.

In the post-match interview, the British number one praised his opponent, who was appearing in his first ATP final and had taken out Milos Raonic, Jürgen Melzer and Marcos Baghdatis along the way.

Somewhat enigmatically, Murray also fought back tears as he said, "I'd like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends. He's back home watching - you're going to get through it."

The Brisbane tournament has proved a vital game-sharpener after the extended off-season for Murray, who now moves on to the Australian Open in Melbourne on 14 January.
Great report, Nigel.  I like the one about the scenic route rather than the motorway.  SO APT.  Well done, Andy
January 06, 2013, 11:02 AM
By tamila

Lovely Nigel, you just aced it  clap

Always looking forward to your reports...
January 06, 2013, 11:23 AM
By Sabine

Murray still adjusting to aggressive play:

“I got off to not the best start and he was playing very aggressive, and by the end of the first set I had turned the tables and I was the one make him do a lot of running,” he said. “It’s a change of mentality really, and that doesn’t happen in a few weeks. It’s taken time to believe that that’s the right thing to do, to be aggressive.

“That was what I worked on in December, and I worked on it for the majority of last year as well. Did it well today.”
January 06, 2013, 11:28 AM
By Grabcopy

Love the report.   "if a scenic route is available" really sums up our Andy.   Brilliant.
January 06, 2013, 11:31 AM
By Iluvandy

It was a good and exciting match (apart from the palpitations he causes us).
As you say he seldom uses the motorway, he follows his own querky navigation system!

He got the job done and it sounds like he implementing some changes he's been working on. We have to bear with him in that, theory and practice are to different things.

Thanks for the report.
January 06, 2013, 11:44 AM
By lashurst

Loved your report  clap Andy does indeed take the "scenic rout" quite often and we should be used to that by now Rolling Eyes
Well done Andy yay
Like GD too. Hope 2013 is a good year for him.
The top 15 needs a shake up Super Too many 30+ year olds...Wink
January 06, 2013, 11:56 AM
By blueberryhill

The top 15 needs a shake up Super Too many 30+ year olds...Wink

Yes, everyone in the top 50 is 21 or over, as this bloke observed:

January 06, 2013, 12:03 PM
By Grabcopy

Post-match press conference:

January 06, 2013, 12:05 PM
By lashurst

Great report, Nigel.  I like the one about the scenic route rather than the motorway.  SO APT.  Well done, Andy
  Yep, I'll second that. Pure quality, man
January 06, 2013, 12:07 PM
By Fiverings

Post-match press conference:

Thanks for the video Iashurst...

He looks so bored and is literally screaming "CAN I GO NOW??"
January 06, 2013, 12:13 PM
By Sabine

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