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 re-match at Pat Rafter Arena fell flat with a grimacing Dolgopolov dragging an injured right leg around the court.
"Firstly I'd like to say sorry to Alex, I know he had a problem with his leg he hurt yesterday and I think he put on a great effort especially towards the end of the second set," Murray said as he cradled the Roy Emerson trophy.
"It's my first week with my new team and it was good, I really enjoyed it."
Monfils goes down
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off a slow start to down Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in an all-French final at the Qatar Open and give himself a confidence boost for the Australian Open.
Jie bounces back
China's Zheng Jie came back from a set down to claim the ASB Classic women's tennis title 2-6, 6-3, 2-0 in Auckland on Sunday.
It was the first WTA title for the unseeded Zheng since winning at Estoril and Stockholm in 2006. Zheng went down 2-6 in the first set, but took control of the match when the fourth seed Italian started complaining of a back injury.
Del Potro opts out
Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro has decided not to play for 2011 finalists Argentina in their Davis Cup first round tie away to Germany next month citing risk of injury due to changing from hard courts to clay.
Germany will hold the tie in Bamberg from Feb. 10-12 on a clay court, which does not suit Argentine Del Potro and David Nalbandian.