Andy Murray successfully defended his Brisbane International title after defeating Bulgaria´s Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (0) 6-4 in the final.
In his first final ever, Dimitrov got off to a perfect start as he raced to a 4-1 lead just before the top seed Brit picked up his game. The Bulgarian player had a chance to close out the set when serving at 5-3, but failed to do so. After not beeing able to convert a single set point opportunity on Murray´s serve in game 12, the set went into a tiebreak, which the Brit wrapped up with some flawless tennis.
Dimitrov grabbed the first break of set two, taking a 4-3 lead after Murray´s backhand found the net. However, the Scot found his rhythm again and not only did he manage to break back in the very next game, he took Dimitrov´s serve once more when he was serving to stay in the set at 4-5 down.
This is the 25 singles ATP victory for Murray, who will try to best his last year´s performance at the Australian Open, when he lost to Djokovic in the semis.
An emotional Murray dedicated this win to his very good friend:
“I’d like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends. Thank you very much. He’s back home watching and you’re going to get through.”