Andy Murray’s title drought continues with loss in Sydney Tennis Classic final

Andy Murray fell quick in his bid for his first males’s singles title in additional than two years. (David Grey/AFP through Getty Photos)

Andy Murray’s title drought continues.

Murray bid for his first males’s singles championship in additional than two years was thwarted by Russia’s Aslan Karatsev within the closing of the Sydney Tennis Traditional on Saturday. The highest-seeded Karatsev cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 victory for his third title on the ATP Tour. 

Regardless of the loss, it was Murray’s finest week since incomes his forty sixth profession singles title in Antwerp in October 2019 and offers him loads of causes to be optimistic forward of the Australian Open, which begins Monday. Murray will face Nikoloz Basilashvili — whom he beat within the spherical of 16 on this occasion — within the opening spherical.

“I might prefer to thank my staff for all of their assist this week,” Murray mentioned, through Sky Sports activities. “First time again within the finals for 3 years. It has been an extended street to get again right here, however I could not have finished it with out your assist so thanks.”

On the ladies’s aspect, Paula Badosa defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 for her third profession singles title.

“We each went to the bounds in the present day,” Badosa mentioned.

Each Badosa and Krejcikova will probably be gamers to look at on the Australian Open. Badosa will play Ajla Tomljanovic within the first spherical, whereas Krejcikova faces Andrea Petkovic.

Keys takes title in Adelaide

Madison Keys defeated Coco Gauff in an exciting three-set girls’s semifinal on the WTA event in Adelaide.

Her title match wasn’t as troublesome.

Keys cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over one other American, Alison Riske, on Saturday to seize her sixth WTA title. Keys’ consideration will now flip to the Australian Open, the place she faces world No. 12 Sofia Kenin within the first spherical. 

On the lads’s aspect, Thanasi Kokkinakis gained his first ATP title with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 victory over Arthur Rinderknech.

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