Andy Murray misses out on ATP Tour title after straight-sets loss in final of Sydney Tennis Classic | Tennis News

Andy Murray trailed in his first ATP Tour final since his victory in Antwerp in October 2019; Top seed Aslan Karatsev – who beat Dan Evans to reach the final – shined for a 6-3 6-3 victory in Sydney.

Last update: 1/15/22 11:31 AM


Andy Murray was playing in his first final since 2019

Andy Murray missed his first ATP title since 2019 after losing straight sets to Aslan Karatsev in the Sydney Classic.

The Scotsman, a wildcard in the event, put on his best week since his victory in Antwerp in 2019 before failing in his bid for the 46th win of his career.

Murray was largely second to play his fifth game in as many days, taking Karatsev just over 90 minutes to clinch a 6-3 6-3 win and make a successful start to the calendar year.

“I would like to congratulate Aslan [Karatsev] Murray said after losing out on a fantastic week. “I know he arrived here late in Australia as he was recovering from Covid, so the most impressive thing is to come right back and play at this level.”

Andy Murray will be back in action next week at the Australian Open

Andy Murray will be back in action next week at the Australian Open

Murray was broken in the opening match and fell back throughout the match against Karatsev, who attacked the Scotsman’s second serve and displayed his powerful core technique to net winners from all areas of the field.

Karatsev secured the first set against serve when Murray made back-to-back double faults, and the Russian also broke Murray early in the second half to gain complete control of the match.

Murray showed glimpses of his old group and gave a gritty fight in the fifth game, which lasted 13 minutes, only for Karatsev to weather the storm and survive five break points to move to a 4-1 advantage.

The former World No. 1 continued to dig in to try to make his way back into the match, returning from two championship points in ninth place to lose, before eventually clinching Karatsev to claim the title.

Aslan Karatsev made a successful start to 2022 in Sydney

Aslan Karatsev made a successful start to 2022 in Sydney

What next for Murray?

The defeat means Murray will have to wait to get back into the top 100, but he can head to Melbourne with confidence for the Australian Open and a rematch with Nikoloz Basilashvili – who beat him in the second round this week – on Tuesday.

Andy Murray has been drawn against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round of the Australian Open, and Andrew Castle feels no one will be looking to take on the former Wimbledon champion.

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Andy Murray has been drawn against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round of the Australian Open, and Andrew Castle feels no one will be looking to take on the former Wimbledon champion.

Andy Murray has been drawn against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the opening round of the Australian Open, and Andrew Castle feels no one will be looking to take on the former Wimbledon champion.

Karatsev was one of the most surprising Grand Slam semi-finalists in history when he reached the semi-finals in Melbourne 12 months ago as an unknown qualifier, although he will now head to this year’s tournament as a real contender.

The 28-year-old has proven he belongs at the top of the sporting calendar, after winning in Sydney after titles in Dubai and Moscow last year, with Karatsev now looking for more success when he begins his Australian Open campaign against Spain’s Jaume Munnar next week.

British success in Adelaide

There was a title in Adelaide for Briton Neil Skopsky, who took back-to-back titles with new Dutch partner Wesley Koolhoff.

The men’s singles title went to Australian Thansi Kokkinakis, who has been plagued with injuries in recent years and delighted when he won his first major title in his hometown, defeating France’s Arthur Rindernik 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-3.

Madison Keys won her first silver title since 2019, beating Alisson Riske 6-1, 6-2 in the women’s event, while Karatsev’s victory was preceded by a stunning 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) win for Spain’s Paola. Badosa on French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

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