Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final

WWhile the tennis world has focused on Novak Djokovic’s woes, former world number one Andy Murray fought back from a late set to defeat fourth-seeded American Riley Opelka 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-4 and book an A in his first final since His victory in Antwerp in 2019.

After a close first set that went into the tiebreak, Murray broke early in the second set and went on to take the set 6-4.

Murray carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking Opelka again to lead 5-4 before securing a win with a strong love fist to start a showdown with top seed Aslan Karatsev, who won 6-3 7-6 (13) 6-3 over Dan Evans.

said Murray, who could lift his 47th ATP Tour title after winning the final on Saturday.

“Coming back has always been a strong part of my game, and I have put it to good use [against Opelka].

“It would be great to start the year with a cup, but it’s already been a big week for me, bringing four results together like this much more than I managed last year.”

The final was not entirely for Britain as Karatsev fought back with a 6-3 7-6 (13) 6-3 victory over Britain’s third seed Evans in a grueling match that lasted more than three hours.

The Russian comfortably won the first set and Evans came back to save three match points in a long tiebreak to force the breakout holder.

Furious that his opponent managed to take a five-minute break to change his clothes before the third set, Evans fell 3-0 before returning to level, but Karatsev secured a break to advance 5-3 and take the win. His fourth point in the game.

“It was a tough match, especially against Evans, who was not awarded free points at all,” said Karatsev.

“In the second he was getting better and didn’t make a lot of mistakes, my level went down a bit. I found energy for the third set and I’m happy to win the match.”

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