Tennis News: Andy Murray loses in straight sets in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic, denying him an ATP Tour title

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Tennis News: Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic, missing out on his first ATP Tour championship since 2019.

The Scot, who entered the event as a wildcard, had his finest week since winning in Antwerp in 2019 before falling short of his 46th career triumph.

Murray was virtually second-best in his seventh encounter in as many days, with Karatsev claiming a 6-3, 6-3 triumph and a victorious start to the calendar year in just over 90 minutes.

Murray commented after his loss, “I’d want to congratulate Aslan [Karatsev] on a terrific week.” “I know he arrived late in Australia because he was recovering from Covid, so it’s even more impressive that he came back and played at that level right away.”

“I’d like to express my gratitude to my staff for all of their assistance this week. It’s been a tough road to come back to the finals after three years, but I couldn’t have done it without your aid, so thank you. I’d also like to express my gratitude to my family back home; I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I miss you all.”

Murray was broken in the first game and trailed the entire match against Karatsev, who targeted Murray’s second serve and used his powerful baseline game to produce victories from all angles.

When Murray produced back-to-back double faults in the first set, Karatsev won the set against serve, and the Russian broke Murray early in the second to take complete control of the match.

Murray displayed flashes of his previous form in the fifth game, which lasted 13 minutes, only for Karatsev to weather the storm and survive five break points to take a 4-1 lead.

The former world No. 1 dug deep to attempt to claw his way back into the match, rallying from two Championship points down in the ninth to take it to deuce, but Karatsev eventually won the title.

What is Murray’s next step?

Murray’s defeat means he’ll have to wait to get back into the top 100, but he’ll be confident heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open and a rematch with Nikoloz Basilashvili, whom he beat in the second round this week.

Karatsev was one of the most shocking Grand Slam semi-finalists in history when he reached the final four as an unknown qualifier in Melbourne a year ago, but he will now enter the event as a seed.

With titles in Dubai and Moscow last year, the 28-year-old has established he belongs at the highest table of the sport, and Karatsev will be looking for more success when he begins his Australian Open campaign against Spain’s Jaume Munar next week.

Success for the British in Adelaide

Neal Skupski of the United Kingdom won back-to-back titles in Adelaide, partnering with new Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof.

Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia won the men’s singles title, beating Arthur Rinderknech of France 6-7(6) 7-6 (5) 6-3. He has been plagued by ailments in previous years and yelled with excitement as he won his maiden main tour victory in his home city.

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