Looking to move up in the “Big Four” standings, Andy Murray was a title winner during the first week of 2013 on the ATP Tour, joined by Richard Gasquet and Janko Tipsarevic.
Murray won his second straight Brisbane title by defeating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(0), 6-4 in the Sunday final.
“He plays a lot of different shots, which is tough to play against because you’re kept off balance a lot of the time,” Murray said. “I do feel more relaxed one week out from a Slam than I have done previously, that’s for sure, so I hope that’s a good sign.”
Gasquet was down a set and a break before rallying to defeat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final.
“I’m really happy with the way I played and fought,” Gasquet said. “He was playing fast in the first set. I just try to keep focused and to fight a lot, and I did it. I’m really happy with the way I won.”
Davydenko led 6-3, 4-2 with multiple break points, but could not close the door.
“I tried to concentrate, but I did some mistakes and already it was tough,” said Davydenko, who hasn’t won a title since 2011. “The third set, again [I was] trying, but my legs [were} not moving good. He played very well. Physically, he [was] much better.”
Tipsarevic won the Aircel Chennai Open title, defeating surprise finalist Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
“I was mentally stable and was not worried when I was one set down,” Tipsarevic said. “I didn’t play my best tennis in every match this week, but I am happy to win the title. I really wanted to win this tournament as it is my sixth time here.”
Bautista Agut was appearing in his first final.
“I was serving really well and playing my best tennis against Janko in the first set, but then I couldn’t keep it up throughout the match,” Bautista Agut said. “I improved a lot last year and won a lot of matches, which gave me confidence and experience. I worked hard in the pre-season, with a lot of motivation, and did well this week.”
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