Defending champion Andy Murray booked his place in the Brisbane International 2013 final after his opponent Kei Nishikori of Japan retired when trailing 6-4 2-0.
Nishikori started the match a lot better, taking a 4-1 lead. It was when Murray picked himself up and bagged the next seven games. The Japanese player´s movement got visibly worse due to a knee injury and he decided not to continue in the encounter.
“I’m playing OK. A bit up and down, but I’ve moved better every single match.” said Murray after the match.
The Brit´s opponent in the final will be Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3 5-7 7-6 (5).
With this win, the 21 year old Dimitrov reached his first ATP final.
Dimitrov started the match with some confidence and after taking the first set, he went up a break in the second. But Baghdatis´vast experience helped him out of trouble, forcing a decider.
With no breaks of serve in the third set, a tiebreak had to decide the outcome of this encounter. When 4-5 down, the Bulgarian came up with a stunning backhand passing shot it seemed to have given him the very much needed final push in order to emerge victorious.