Andy Murray Defends Brisbane title

Murray Wins Brisbane

Andy Murray completed preparations for the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov to retain his Brisbane International title.

Murray the US Open champion and top seed won 7-6 (7-0) 6-4 in just over 90 minutes against the Bulgarian world number 48 competing in his first ever ATP final.

The victory for Murray comes at the end of an emotional week, when he discovered that his close friend and fellow tennis player Ross Hutchins had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. Murray held back the tears as he dedicated his win to Hutchins …

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 result was a straight sets win, but the Scot lost 11 of the first 12 points, trailed 3-0 at one point and had to save a set a point in the first set before eventually winning a very one-sided tie-break 7-0.

Todays win was Murray’s 25th career title and comes just one week before the start of the 2013 Australian Open, where Murray will be looking to become the first person ever to win a second major straight after winning his first.