• Murray completes title defense in Brisbane

    1/6/13 4:59 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray completes title defense in Brisbane World No. 3 Andy Murray is champion again at the Brisbane International, having held off Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. The Scot added ATP World Tour title number 25 to his resume on Sunday.

    Top seed Andy Murray completed a successful title defense at the Brisbane International, following his straight-set defeat of world No. 48 Grigor Dimitrov. The 25-year-old Scot converted three of four break points en route to a 7-6(0), 6-4 victory in 92 minutes.

    Dimitrov led 4-1 in the opening set, but was unable to close at 5-3. Murray rallied to a tie-break, winning the set at 7 points to 0. The Scot fought back from a 4-3 deficit in set two, taking three consecutive games to seal the title.

    "(Dimitrov) plays a lot of different shots, which is tough to play against because you're kept off balance a lot of the time," said the champion.

    By virtue of his championship victory, Murray adds tour title number 25 to his tally. He is scheduled to compete at the upcoming Australian Open next week.

    "I hope that the Australian Open goes a bit better for me than it did last year," the world No. 3 commented. "I do feel more relaxed one week out from slam than I have done previously, that's for sure, so I hope that's a good sign."

    Murray ended the match with seven aces and 38 of 53 first-service points won.

    "(Murray is) a top guy, so he has his rhythm, his routine on court. He pulled out some really, really good shots when he had to so I didn't feel that I was far, far from winning the set or even the match," Dimitrov said. "I think I still need couple of years on the tour to get stronger and be able to hang with these guys all weeks, and especially playing best of five sets."

    The first-time ATP World Tour finalist is expected to ascend to a career-high world No. 39 on Monday.

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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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