Brisbane, Australia (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Andy Murray cruised to a straight-set victory over third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov in Sunday's final at the season-opening Brisbane International.
Murray, the 2011 Australian Open runner-up, ousted Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3, needing just 66 minutes to earn his first ATP World Tour title Down Under. The World No. 4 took time to find his stride in Brisbane, struggling through his first two matches of the week before dominating on Friday and firing 13 aces on Saturday en route to a straight-set semifinal win over Bernard Tomic.
"I served pretty well again. It got close in the second set and I stayed focused," said Murray. "He was just going for his shots [and he] hit quite a few winners but I didn't let it get to me."
This was the third all-time meeting between Murray and Dolgopolov, who advanced to Sunday's final with a a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal win over second-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon. Murray has never lost to the 23-year-old Ukrainian, with their last meeting coming just under a year ago in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
"I couldn't move much on my right leg," said Dolgopolov. "It was tough to go right and push from it. I just tried to do my best and still stay on the court because the stadium was full and you don't want to pull out of something like that."
For his efforts, Murray picked up the first-place prize of $74,370.
01/08 03:32:19 ET