Murray through to first final of 2012
Andy Murray remains on course for his first title of 2012 after booking a place in the final of the Brisbane International courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic.
The world No. 4 fired down 13 aces in an impressive display as he looks to start the year by clinching his 22nd career crown. Indeed, Murray never seemed troubled against the home favourite, winning the match 6-3 6-2 and sounding out a warning to his Australian Open rivals.
Murray claimed the first set in 38 minutes as he utilised his all-court game to unsettle Tomic, ultimately breaking his serve in the eighth game. The Scot followed up his early success with another break in the opening game of the second set to take a firm grip on the match.
Meanwhile, Tomic received treatment on his right foot midway through the set as Murray powered on. A further break at 4-2 in the second set saw Murray serve for the match, and he duly closed it out in style, holding serve to love, to progress to Sunday's decider.
In the final, Murray will face Alexandr Dolgopolov who earned his right to vie for the title after defeating Gilles Simon in the earlier semi. The third seed claimed a straight-sets win 6-3 6-4, despite Simon firing down six aces during the contest.
Dolgopolov built his victory on a fine service game of his own, which saw him lose just 10 points on serve, in addition to hitting 23 clean winners. A break of serve in the fifth game of the first set was enough for Dolgopolov to claim the first set, while a forehand down the line to clinch another break at 5-4 in the second sealed the victory.