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Andy Murray caps Brisbane with title

Updated: January 6, 2013, 10:20 AM ET
Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia -- His voice cracking, an emotional Andy Murray used his victory speech to offer encouragement to an absent friend.

Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 on Sunday.

"I'd like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends," Murray said. "Thank you very much. He's back home watching and, you're going to get through."

He signed what appeared to say ...

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