Where: Brisbane, Australia
Tournament level: 250
Notable entries (w/rankings): Andy Murray (3), Milos Raonic (13), Gilles Simon (16), Kei Nishikori (19), David Goffin (46), Grigor Dimitrov (48), Ryan Harrison (69), Lleyton Hewitt (83).
Results: Andy Murray def. Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(0), 6-4 in the finals and defends his 2012 title.
Good showings: Bulgarian 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov had a dream tournament as he defeated No. 2 seed and top-10 bound Milos Raonic in impressive fashion by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Dimitrov, who was playing the ATP's best server of 2012 in Raonic, didn't lose a single point on his first serve all match, and out aced Raonic 10 to four. Dimitrov would go on to beat Austrian Jergen Melzer 6-3, 6-2, and a hot-handed Marcos Baghdatis in a tight three-set match.
While he eventually lost in the finals, his first tour-level final, Dimitrov definitely sent out a warning shot to the Men's side that he too is a rising star with a big game.
Marcos Baghdatis was equally impressive as he easily dismantled both Florian Mayer and Gilles Simon by the scores of 6-4, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-4 respectively, on his way to the semis.
Andy Murray did well in starting the year off on the right foot. You can't do much better than a title in the first tournament of the year. Solid warm-up tournament for Britain's No. 1.
A big congrats to Aussie qualifier and 199th-ranked John Millman, who won his first-ever ATP tour-level match against Japan's Tatsuma Ito, and was the only player to take a set off Andy Murray all week.
Disappointing: Rough week for Milos Raonic. A bye in the first round, and then a significant beatdown from Grigor Dimitrov, who surprisingly broke down the Canadian's big weapon: his serve.
While Kei Nishikori made the semifinals in comfortable fashion, health issues continue to plague Japan's No. 1 as he was forced to retire against eventual champion Murray with a knee problem.
Coming off a career year, No. 8 seed and No. 30 in the world, Slovakian Martin Klizan, was absolutely dismantled by 43rd-ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round, 6-1, 6-2.