Murray Eyes Brisbane Repeat Against Baby Federer Dimitrov; Gasquet Opens Season With Doha Title
by Sean Randall | January 5th, 2013, 3:18 pm

Andy Murray is showing no signs of letting down after a career 2012 season. In his first event of year the Scot finds himself in the Brisbane final as the heavy favorite against the man they call Baby Federer, Grigor Dimitrov.

Murray advanced when Top 10 hope and oft-injured Kei Nishikori had to withdraw from the match with a bad knee. Murray, who was in control of the match leading 6-4, 2-0, is looking forward to showdown Sunday.

“Grigor plays with a lot of variety,” Murray said. “He can play a lot of shots. He’s one of the few guys coming through that’s got a single-handed backhand as well, so he uses a lot more slice than the others.”

What Murray meant to say is that Dimitrov plays just like Roger Federer.

Murray of course leads Federer 10-9 in their series, so it figures that should help him against Dimitrov who he beat in Bangkok a few years ago.

“I have nothing to lose tomorrow,” said Dimitrov after edging Marcos Baghdatis 7-5 in the third set tiebreaker. “I just want to go out there and compose myself and say, ‘Okay, it’s your first final. Don’t be nervous, at least.’ I think it’s going to be a good match. It doesn’t matter who I play.”

Well, Grigor, I hate to break it to you but you do have something to lose, it’s called your FIRST TITLE. That said, I do think Murray wins his 25th trophy. But good for Grigor showing some promise.

The women already crowned their Brisbane champ and no surprise it’s Serena who whipped Anastasia P last night. Serena has won 35 of 36 matches since that first round French Open defeat. With such a mark it will be tough to find anyone picking against her in Melbourne. I won’t be.

In Doha, the first Baby Federer, Richard Gasquet, became the ATP’s first title winner of the new season after stopping Nikolay Davydenko’s resurgence 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

“I’m really happy with the way I played and fought,” said Gasquet. “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. It’s important for me to win the final.”

The 31-year-old Russian actually led 6-4, 4-2 with multiple break chances for 5-2 before the collapse.

“I think I was a little bit fresher than him in the third set, but he was playing so fast he could break me in the second game in the third, so could happen,” Gasquet said. “He could win, too. We were so close together, so it was a big match, a big fight.”

And in Chennai, Janko Tipsarevic is in the final against someone named Roberto Bautista Agut. The 24-year-old Bautista Agut upset top seed Tomas Berdych on Friday, and backed it up today with a semifinal win over Benoit Paire to take his spot in his first career ATP final.

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37 Comments for Murray Eyes Brisbane Repeat Against Baby Federer Dimitrov; Gasquet Opens Season With Doha Title

Sandra Says:

Murray is the fav, but I would love to see baby fed suprise me.

Jonathan Says:

Yeah I think Murray takes this one in straight sets.

senthil Says:

Stock analyst say “Market goes other way, if all stock market analyst says one time (bearish or bullish)”. Like that i am seeing end of top 4 domination, other than top 10 grand slam winner – surprise winners… Everyone is saying “Djoker and Murray going to win each every title they play”. This year Law of average will show up finally.

I saw one post in tennis-x, someone said Murray is going to with FO, because of Lendl’s help.. LOL… It is tech bubble, buy, buy any tech u will get millions… Everybody predication – Djoker 2 or 3 grand slams – Murray 1 or 2 slams.. Some British or uk press – Murray 3 grand slams LOL….

Already there are signs –

Djoker losing to Tomic
Murray will run close or lose to Baby Fed.

dari Says:

murray fans et al, I very much enjoyed this brisbane interview from Andy. He gives his perspective on the time violation rules starting at around 3:00.

I like Grigor and look forward to his progress, but I hope Andy cleans him out tomorrow, show him who’s who. Vamos MURRAY!

jane Says:

I hope Murray wins – go Andy!

Wog boy Says:

The fact is there is top 4 and the rest, few wins by youngsters at the begining of season doesn’t mean the order will be changed, the season lasts until nov/dec and you have to play on all courts, I don’t see any youngster beeing able to do that, maybe DelPo can join top 4 and that is about it;)

Andy in two:)

Brazil Federer Fan Says:

I hope Dimitrov starts delivering on his immense potential. He has the capability to achieve much more than what Murray is capable of achieving.

Unfortunately with the slowed out courts/conditions, shot-makers like dimitrov will be at a disadvantage against counter-punchers like murray, which is a very sad state of affairs for a sport.

Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy=Great Chokey.

I am sure you have one more week of good tennis left in you for the year. Best of luck.

Alok Says:

It would be nice to see Dmitriov win this title, his first. It should be a tough one for him though because he’s had a rougher path to the finals.

IMO, Dmitriov would do well to gain some more weight and/or muscle. he needs some beefing up.

Humble Rafa Says:

Shriekapova is dating the Junior Arrogant One. Oh Lord…This is not going to end well.

Dear Shriekapova,

Don’t date minors. It’s against the law, even in Russia.

skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa,

Your act is so old, even Tignor writes better on your behalf. Please consult him for future posts.

the DA Says:

Murray just beat Dimitrov – the guy with the capability to achieve much more than him – in straight sets. Andy did well to raise his level when needed; he was down 1-4 in the 1st set and then broken in the 2nd. Very entertaining match.

Wog boy Says:

I like him even more after I saw his human side, it looks like one of his friends is not doing well back in UK and Andy let the tears run during his speech.
Good win, particulary when you are not playing your best.

the DA Says:

Yes, that was very touching but those of us have followed him for all these years know that side of him already. I like Grigor’s game, more than the other young guns – I hope this helps him break through soon. very mature runner-up speech as well.

jane Says:

Congrats to Andy!

racquet Says:

Well done Andy! I thought we were in for a murraycoaster but he showed grit and determination after following behind twice. He nearly lost it in the acceptance speech, very emotional. I wonder who the sick friend is?

racquet Says:

^ falling behind of course.

Margot Says:

Well played Andy. Nice little win to start the season. Yay!
Wog boy: Andy is still an ordinary, modest kid from Dunblane with a big heart and an astonishing talent. May he never change.
Do hope 2013 is a gr8 year for GD. Really like his game.

BT Says:

Good win Andy! Very solid.

racquet Says:

Well I’ve just found out who Andy was referring to: Ross Hutchins. He has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Terrible news. He’s just 27. No wonder Andy was so choked up.

Colin Says:

I was much impressed by Dmitrov, who has huge potential – and it’s great to see that single- handed backhand!
Regarding Ross Hutchins, as I understand it both forms of lymphoma – Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s – are aggressive cancers, but very treatable and not as deadly as an actual tumour on an organ. My daughter-in-law has the NH variety, and seems to be making a good recovery. Apparently the treatment stimulates the bone marrow to produce more white cells, and this unfortunately makes the bones ache distressingly.
There is a young (Russian?) girl, a tennis player, who had the NH disease and was able to play again the following year. I forget her name.

Margot Says:

That is such sad news. Years and years ago my friend’s brother died of this. He was in his early twenties.
I’m hoping treatment has improved a lot since then and I wish Ross a speedy recovery.

racquet Says:

I had the NH variety 5 years ago. The good news is that it’s very treatable if caught early. It’ll be rough for 6 months but survival rates are good for this type of cancer.

The female player you’re thinking of is Alisa Kleybanova.

Brando Says:

Wow, feel sad to hear about Ross’s situation. Wish him a full and speedy recovery.

As for Muzza, the win is pleasing but more so is the fact that the guy was able to continue on knowing the unfortunate news regarding his close friend.

Shows that mentally he has come along way in such a short time space recently.

But more so, his heart felt speech after showed how genuine a guy Andy is!

Good luck Muzza going forward.

And once again get well soon Ross!

jane Says:

Just wanted to say, congrats to Aggie and Tipsy for winning titles as well.

jane Says:

^ And Gasquet and Serena.

alison Says:

Congrats to all tournament winners this week,and to Davey who had a great week beating a top 5 player,and only losing to Gasquet in the final whos a top 10 player,no disgace at all well done Davey hope he can build on that and take it forward.

Margot Says:

Gosh, sorry to hear that racquet, must’ve been a horrible shock for you. Glad you’ve made an excellent recovery.

jane Says:

^ Ditto – all I could think of when I first read your comment racquet was “kudos” to you for being so brave and so glad that you’re well now, but those comments just didn’t seem sufficient.

racquet Says:

@jane @margot

Aww thanks for the kind words. It all seems like a blur now (except for the chemo injections into my spine – ugh, I’ll never forget those!). It only took 4 months of intense treatment before the cancer was gone, so hopefully Ross will have a similar scenario.

alison Says:

Racquet agree with Margot and Jane,in wishing well for yourself in the future,and yes hopefully all will turn out fine for Ross too.

Giles Says:

May I join in in wishing Ross well. I know he is a great friend of Andy and have often spotted him in Andy’s box supporting him. #GetWellSoonRoss

The great Czech Bird Says:

wait till the Bird takes full flight.. just wait & watch

The great Czech Bird Says:

Bird has not forgiven baby Fed the 2 losses he inflicted last year.. The revenge was taken with papa Fed at USO.. Baby Fed, don’t infuriate the fury of the great bird.. stay away from my quarter

The Great Davy Says:

There can only be one ‘Great’ tennis player on ATP tour. And that is Your Great Davy. Also sometime referred to as Your Great Chokey.

At this rate there will be ‘The Great Zopp’ by the time Wimbledon.

skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t will always be…..birdsh!t.

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