BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray warmed up for the Australian Open with a commanding 6-1, 6-3 victory over third-seeded
Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the Brisbane International final.
For the second consecutive match, Murray had Ivan Lendl watching from courtside. Aiming to break a drought for British men at the majors dating to 1936, Murray hired the eight-time Grand Slam tournament winner as coach earlier this month and the pair met up Saturday in Brisbane.
“It’s my first week with this new team and it was good, Murray said. “I really enjoyed it. Hopefully it’ll bring more success in the future.”
Murray has lost the past two Australian Open finals and is 0-3 in major finals.
His confidence high after capturing his 22nd ATP title, Murray will spend the next week in Melbourne preparing for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16.
Murray, ranked No. 4, raced through the first set in 26 minutes. He didn’t lose a point on his own serve until the last game, when the Ukrainian twice had breakpoint chances but was unable to convert.
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: In Sydeny, Ana Ivanovic’s Australian Open preparations hit another obstacle Sunday when the former No. 1 player lost to Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, lost to Kim Clijsters in the second round last week in the Brisbane International. That means she will have had just three tournament matches going into the Grand Slam event next week at Melbourne Park..
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion who is seeded No. 2, have first-round byes in the joint ATP-WTA Sydney tournament. Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and the three other men also have first-round byes.
The only other first-round match Sunday was halted because of rain in the third set with Dominika Cibulkova up a service break and leading Peng Shuai 6-2, 4-6, 4-3.
CHENNAI OPEN: In Chennal, India, Milos Raonic beat top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) in a serve-dominated final, earning his second career title.
Fourth-seeded Raonic hit 35 aces in a marathon match that lasted 3 hours, 16 minutes and didn’t include a break of serve.
HOBART INTERNATIONAL: In Hobart, Australia, Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat third-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 6-4 in the first round.
Romanians won three of the other four matches at the Australian Open tuneup event.
Sorana Cirstea beat seventh-seeded Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 7-6 (6); Simona Halep defeated Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; and eighth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu got past Elena Baltacha 6-2, 7-5.
Anastasia Rodionova beat Greta Arn 6-4, 7-5 in the only other match Sunday.