Saturday, 5 January 2013

Andy Murray wins Brisbane International (Murray d. Dimitrov 7-6(0) 6-4)

 Andy Murray walked on to the court today to defend his title, and be one of the first ATP champions of 2013. Grigor Dimitrov followed Andy Murray to prove that he is the future stalwart, and show he did.
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Grigor Dimitrov showed today why he has been dubbed as 'baby Fededer', as he went out all firing, breaking Murray early on and holding his serve easily to give Murray a scare and run for his money. Dimitrov's nerves got the better of him, as he served for the first set at 5-3, Murray broke him to get the set back on serve. Murray held his serve to make it 5 all in the first set. Dimitrov held his own to force Murray to serve to stay in the set again. Dimitrov got another chance as he got to the set point, with Murray serving to stay in the set at 6-5. Murray served a double fault to hand Dimitrov the set point, but quickly erased it with an ace on the next point and forced the tie-break. Dimitrov completely faded away in the tie-break as he got baggled in the tie-break. Dimitrov's backhand which had been very solid through-out the first set, cost him the tie-break as he made 4 unforced errors in the tie-break.

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With the first set in Murray's pocket, it seemed like Dimitorv will melt down and just let the match go, but he just did not do that, as he went on to break Murray at 3 all to move ahead, but from then on, it was all Murray. Dimitrov started his serve nicely racing to a 30-0 lead, but Murray hit some beautiful shots to win the next four points and bring the set back to serve. It was all one way traffic from then on as Murray held and broke Dimitrov to defend his Brisbane International title.

Murray had a similar start to his 2012 campaign, when he won Brisbane International but went on to lose in the epic encounter against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of Australian Open. What will the Brisbane title bring for Murray this year? Let us wait and watch.

As for Grigor Dimitrov, he had all the chances in the world to win this match, he served for the first set, had a set point afterwards but just could not close it out. Once again in the 2nd set, Dimitrov broke Murray to go up, but just like the first set, he could not retain the advantage and went down in straight sets.

However, the match showed us, what Dimitrov is capable of doing, and that if he holds his head together he can play with the top players at the top level. What future holds for Dimitrov, only time will tell us, but for now on, the future does look bright for the 21 year old Bulgarian.

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