Murray victorious in Brisbane International final|
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
For his efforts, Murray picked up the first-place prize of $74,370.
01/08 03:32:19 ET