(January 6, 2013) Top seed and World No.3 Andy Murray began 2013 by defending the Brisbane International title with a 7-6(0), 6-4 victory over unseeded 48th ranked Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday.
“I thought the standard of tennis was good today,” Murray said. “There were a lot of high quality rallies and I had to change a few things. He started the match off very well and was extremely aggressive. I managed to start dictating a lot of points and used my forehand well.”
For the Scot it’s his 25th career ATP World Tour title, but it wasn’t easy. Murray rallied from 1-4 in the first set, saved a set point and shut out Dimitov in the first set tiebreak.
“I was up a break and I was actually not playing bad tennis at all I thought,” Dimitrov said. “He’s one of the best returners in the game by far. He picked up couple of my serves on big points, so that gave him extra confidence. Then he stepped up with his serve.
Murray complimented his opponent’s performance: “I thought he has a lot of variety. He seems a bit stronger than when I [last] played him. He seemed to enjoy the occasion, which is also important. It’s his first final, and he came out and started the match extremely well, which is obviously a good sign. It will be interesting to see how the year goes for him.”
“I think it was a great final,“ Dimitrov said. “It was an amazing feeling to go out there today and be able to play tennis like that. I’m not a 100% satisfied, of course, but I have to say, ‘Well done to Andy’. He played some really, really good tennis when he had to. It was actually a lot of fun going out there today. I think we both did a great game.
“I didn’t feel nervous actually at all. I just felt actually quite good. I slept pretty good last night, so I was like, ‘Wow, you’re not that nervous before finals anymore’, even though it was my first at ATP[-level].”
Murray dedicated the victory to an unnamed absent friend. “He’s back home watching … you’re going to get through,” said Murray after the match.
“It’s been a good start to the year, obviously. I trained hard to get ready for this period of the year. I hope that the Australian Open goes a bit better for me than it did last year.”
RESULTS – SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY, 2013
Singles – Final
 A Murray (GBR) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(0) 64
Doubles – Final
M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) d  E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) 46 61 10-5