| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Great Britain's Andy Murray has won his first title under new coach Ivan Lendl leading up to the Australian Open. Murray defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Brisbane International final with a commanding 6-1, 6-3 win.

"I'd like to thank my team ... Mr. Lendl, he's up there somewhere, hiding. It's my first week with this new team and it was good. I really enjoyed it. Hopefully it'll bring more success in the future," said Murray. His next goal is to take the Australian Open, where he has lost in the past two finals, making his record 0-3 in major finals. He would be the first British man to take a Grand Slam tournament since 1936.

Murray will now take the next week for preparation in Melbourne which commences on Jan. 16. Murray's match lasted just 65 min., and his momentum was strong with little room for Dolgopolov to make an entrance. After losing to Novak Djokovic last year, he feels that he is now a better player ready to go for the title.

"I'd hope so, yeah. A year wiser. Had more experience. I've improved a few things in my game. I still played pretty good last year in Australia. I could play great tennis again and lose in the second or third round," said Murray.