Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Tennis

Andy Murray beats Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 to defend title at Brisbane International

  • 585d3af3badfce00250f6a7067000ce1.jpg

    Andy Murray of Britain holds the winner's trophy after winning the men's final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6, 6-4 during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard). (The Associated Press)

  • 2764706cbadece00250f6a7067001f26.jpg

    Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after winning the men's final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6, 6-4 during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard). (The Associated Press)

  • 92cf8aa3bb02cf00250f6a7067006caa.jpg

    Andy Murray of Britain plays a shot in the men's final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 in Sunday's final. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard). (The Associated Press)

  • a3b6accfbaf9cf00250f6a70670033d5.jpg

    Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts after he lost in the men's final match against Andy Murray of Britain during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 in Sunday's final. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard). (The Associated Press)

  • 5cd47bcabaf7cf00250f6a706700f4a5.jpg

    Andy Murray of Britain plays a shot in the men's final match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 in Sunday's final. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard). (The Associated Press)

Andy Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 in Sunday's final.

The 21-year-old Dimitrov raced to a 4-1 lead in his first ATP World Tour final, stunning Murray with some impressive single-handed backhands, but lost his nerve and was broken when serving for the set at 5-3. After getting back on serve, No. 3-ranked Murray saved a set-point with an ace and forced a tiebreaker, which he dominated.

Murray began his breakthrough season in 2012 by winning in Brisbane and followed that up later with career-changing titles at the London Olympics and U.S. Open.

He heads into the Australian Open, starting Jan. 14, as the reigning major champion.