Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev live: Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final



While the focus of the tennis world was set on the travails of Novak Djokovic former world No.1 Andy Murray fought back from a set down to beat American fourth seed Reilly Opelka 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4 and book a spot in his first final since winning in Antwerp in 2019.

After a close first set which went to a tiebreaker, Murray broke early in the second set and rode on his lead to claim the set 6-4.

Murray carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking Opelka’s serve again to take a 5-4 lead before securing victory with a composed love hold to set up a showdown with top-seeded Aslan Karatsev, who prevailed 6-3 7-6(13) 6-3 over Dan Evans.

“I lost a tight first set and it’s not easy to come back against someone who serves like that, but I kept working and taking opportunities,” said Murray, who could lift his 47th title on the ATP tour with a win in the final on Saturday.

“Returning has always been a strong part of my game, and I used it well [against Opelka].

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

It wasn’t to be an all-British final as Karatsev battled to a 6-3 7-6(13) 6-3 win over British third seed Evans in a gruelling match that lasted over three hours.

The Russian won the opening set comfortably and Evans rallied back to save three match points in a lengthy tiebreaker to force the decider.

Evans, furious that his opponent was able to take a five-minute break to change his clothes before the third set, fell behind 3-0 before breaking back to level, but Karatsev secured a break to go 5-3 up and seal victory with his fourth match point.

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

“In the second he moved better and didn’t make much mistakes, my level dropped down a bit. I found the energy for the third set and am happy to win the match.”





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