Murray claims emotional win

07 January 2013 / 10:18

Andy Murray warmed up for the Australian Open by defending his Brisbane International title with a comfortable victory over Grigor Dimitrov, before dedicating the win to a friend.

US Open champion Murray was the top seed in the tournament and retained his crown with a relatively simple 7-6 (7/0) 6-4 success against Bulgaria's Dimitrov, with the 21-year-old appearing in his first ATP Tour final.

After beating Dimitrov, Murray emotionally devoted the win to an unnamed friend, saying: "I'd like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends. He's back home watching and you're going to get through."

Dimitrov is the youngest player in the world's top 50 and Murray praised the performance of the highly-rated talent.

"It's his first final," Murray added.

"Everyone will agree he played some extremely exciting tennis, it was a very tough match.

"He's just changed coaches, started with a new team, so congratulations to them - I'm sure they're going to do great things together."