Andy Murray falls to defeat in Sydney but Brit proud after ‘long road’ back to ATP finals squib

The Scot, playing in his first final since the European Open in Antwerp in October 2019, started tentatively and was broken in the first game of the match as Karatsev raced into an early lead after a couple of solid holds. Three-times major winner Murray struggled on serve throughout the opening set, landing just 48 per cent of his first serves and committing four double faults. The second set began much like the first as the 28-year-old Karatsev broke early to seize the advantage, consistently hurting Murray with a barrage of powerful winners from the back of the court.
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