BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL 2012
Murray Beats Dolgopolov For Brisbane Title
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray captured his 22nd ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Brisbane International by beating third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3 in front of his new coach, former World No. 1 Ivan Lendl.
World No. 4 Murray earned $74,370 in prize money and 250 South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking points, while No. 15-ranked Dolgopolov was presented a cheque for $39,165 and 150 points.
"I served pretty well again," said Murray. "It got close in the second set and I stayed focused. He was just going for his shots [and] hit quite a few winners but I didn’t let it get to me. It's good because I could easily have lost second round against [Gilles] Muller but I managed to fight my way through and played three very good matches. I felt like I was moving well right at the end of the week."
Top seed Murray broke twice in the 26-minute first set and did not lose a point in his first three service games. The 24-year-old Scot won nine straight games from 2-1 in the first set to 4-0 in the second set.
Third seed Dolgopolov won 45 per cent of his service points. Murray, who was broken six times in five matches (41 of 48 service games) this week, is now 3-0 lifetime against Dolgopolov. The final lasted 67 minutes.
Murray is now 22-9 lifetime in title matches. He has reached the Australian Open final the past two years.
"I couldn't move much on my right leg," admitted 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."
Dolgopolov, 23, was one of 10 first-time ATP World Tour titlists last season, when he lifted the ATP Studena Croatia Open trophy at Umag (d. Cilic). He also reached the Brasil Open final at Costa do Sauipe (l. to Almagro).
Over the course of the week, 92,802 people visited the Queensland Tennis Centre to watch the tournament.