Brisbane: Top seed Andy Murray brushed aside the challenge from rising Australian star Bernard Tomic on Saturday to cruise into the final of the Brisbane International in front of new coach Ivan Lendl.

With Lendl watching his new charge court-side for the first time, the world number four Murray had too much class and experience for the 19-year-old Queenslander, winning 6-3, 6-2 in just 70 minutes.

The Scot will play Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov in Sunday's final. "I saw the ball very well today, which is very important against Bernard," Murray said.

"He started very well but I managed to get into a lot of long rallies towards the end of the first set and I felt good.

"I'm moving so much better (than at the beginning of the week) and it's such a huge part of my game - when I'm moving well the rest of my game goes well."

Murray, who has gone for a surprise choice in tennis great Lendl as he chases his first Grand Slam at the upcoming Australian Open, endured a slow start in Brisbane and struggled in the first two rounds.
But he came good in his quarter-final win over Marcos Baghdatis and was firmly on-song against home hope Tomic, firing down 13 aces.

He did not face a single break point to keep the Australian under constant pressure.

Tomic battled hard but inevitably he cracked, firstly in the eighth game of the first set, when he lost serve, then again at the start of the second, handing Murray a vital advantage. Murray broke again to go into a 5-2 lead in the second set before holding serve to love to wrap up an emphatic victory.

His final opponent Dolgopolov upset second-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 despite needing treatment in the second set for a groin injury.

(Agencies)