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Murray reached the first final since 2019 after beating 6ft 11 at Opelka in Sydney

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The five-time Australian Open finalist is hoping to go into the first Grand Slam of 2022 with a title in his pocket after a semifinal win

Murray lost a tiebreak in the first set to Reilly Opelka and trailed by break points in the second set but rebounded to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a fight that lasted two hours and 27 minutes .

Andy Murray defeated one of the world’s best servers to reach the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic, where he faced fellow British player Dan Evans.

“I love to compete,” Murray said afterwards.

“You want to try and finish games quickly if you can, but it’s not easy coming back against someone who’s serving like that.”

Standing 1.80 meters tall and 11 inches tall, Opelka regularly tops the serving tables; He produced 20 aces against Murray but the three-time Grand Slam champion managed to break him twice, the second coming 4-4 ​​in the decider.

“You can’t really prepare for that [the Opelka serve]’ added Murray, who in recent years has been seen receiving serves up a ladder from his coach when training for similarly ranked opponents.

“You just have to adapt. I’ve decided to block to get quite a lot in play today. It’s tough, but returning has always been one of the strongest parts of my game.”

Murray meets either Evans or Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in Saturday’s final.

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