• Murray set for title defense in Brisbane

    12/30/12 8:23 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray set for title defense in Brisbane The 2013 season is set to begin as reigning US Open champion Andy Murray heads to Brisbane to defend his title. The world No. 3 tops a field of 28 players for this week’s 250 tournament in Australia.

    World No. 3 Andy Murray will be looking to secure his first victory of the new season this week. The Brisbane International champion enters into the tournament with momentum, having won his first Grand Slam title over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

    Murray completed the 2012 season with a 56-16 record, aided by a run to Olympic gold in London (def. Federer).

    The 25-year-old Scot leads a competitive top half of the draw that includes: (4) 2012 finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov, (5) Kei Nishikori and (8) Martin Klizan. Other players in the section are former champion Radek Stepanek, Denis Istomin, Julien Benneteau, Jarkko Nieminen, Tommy Robredo, Marinko Matosevic and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who received a wild-card entry into the event.

    After receiving a first-round bye, Murray will commence his run against either Japan’s Tatsuma Ito or a qualifier.

    Headlining the bottom half of the day is first-time Brisbane International competitor Milos Raonic, who enters the tournament at world No. 13. The 22-year-old Canadian has been placed alongside fellow seeds (3) Gilles Simon, (6) Florian Mayer and (7) Jurgen Melzer.

    Rounding out the lineup are Santiago Giraldo, Australian wildcard Benjamin Mitchell, Alejandro Falla, wildcard Matthew Ebden, David Goffin and former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis.

    Following an opening-round bye, Raonic will debut against either Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov or American Brian Baker.

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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