Thursday, January 20, 2022

Murray fights back and reaches first ATP Tour finals since 2019

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Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour final in more than two years with a three-set win over American giant Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The Scot has been saying for a number of months that a deep run at a tournament is not far off and he made up for it this week with his best result streak since last winning the title in Antwerp in 2019.

He was frustrated losing the opening set against 6ft 11 at Opelka after fighting his way back 1-5 in the tiebreak, but he kept pressing his opponent’s serve and earned his reward for a 6-7 (6), 6 : 4, 6: 4 win.

Murray has always done well against big servers, his great returns and ability to keep the ball in play make it a strong match for him.

He holds a 7-0 record against Ivo Karlovic and an 8-0 record against John Isner and this win means he remains unbeaten against the giants of the game.

Murray will now be vying for a 47th career title, either against fellow countryman Dan Evans in a first all-British ATP Tour final, or against Russian Aslan Karatsev.

He said in his on-court interview: “It’s been a great week for me already. I’ll take 47 tomorrow.”

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