Murray beaten by Karatsev in Sydney final

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Andy Murray trailed throughout in his first ATP Tour final since winning in Antwerp in October 2019; Top seed Aslan Karatsev – who beat Dan Evans to reach the final – impressed against to register a 6-3, 6-3 victory in Sydney

Last Updated: 15/01/22 11:11am

Andy Murray was playing in his first ATP final since 2019

Andy Murray was playing in his first ATP final since 2019

Andy Murray was playing in his first ATP final since 2019

Andy Murray missed out on a first ATP Tour title since 2019 after falling to a straight-sets defeat against Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The Scot, a wildcard in the event, put together his best week since his victory in Antwerp in 2019 before falling short in his bid for a 46th career victory.

Murray was largely second-best as he played his fifth match in as many days, with Karatsev taking just over 90 minutes to claim a 6-3, 6-3 victory and make a winning start to the calendar year.

“I’d like to congratulate Aslan [Karatsev] on a fantastic week,” Murray said after his loss. “I know he arrived here late in Australia as he was recovering from Covid, so even more impressive to come back straight away and play at that 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

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

Murray was broken in the opening game and trailed throughout against Karatsev, who attacked the Scot’s second serve and showcase his powerful baseline game to produce winners from all areas of the court.

Karatsev secured the opening set against serve when Murray made back-to-back double faults, with the Russian also breaking Murray early in the second to take complete control of the contest.

Murray showed glimpses of his old set and put in a valiant fight in the fifth game, lasting 13 minutes, only for Karatsev to weather the storm and survive five break points to move into a 4-1 advantage.

The former world No 1 continued to dig deep to try and force his way back into the match, fighting back from two Championship points down in the ninth to take it to deuce, before Karatsev eventually prevailed to claim the title.

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