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Updated: January 6, 2013 12:18 IST

Murray defends Brisbane title

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Andy Murray. File photo
AP Andy Murray. File photo

Andy Murray has kicked off 2013 with a successful back-to-back win of Brisbane International titles, 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.

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