tennis: A ruthless Andy Murray powered his way to a 6-1 6-3 win over injury-hampered Alexandr Dolgopolov to win the Brisbane International and take a timely shot of confidence ahead of the Australian Open.
Murray won an enthralling quarter-final in four sets over the Ukrainian at Melbourne Park last year, but the rematch at Pat Rafter Arena fell flat with a grimacing Dolgopolov dragging an injured right leg around the court.
The Scot showed him little sympathy, running his pony-tailed opponent ragged with sweetly struck shots into the corners to wrap up the match in 66 minutes.
"He put on a great effort especially towards the end of the second set," Murray said. "It's my first week with my new team and it was good, I really enjoyed it."