Copy of 437102-01-02-1642250686230
Aslan Karatsev of Russia (left) poses with the winner's trophy next to Andy Murray of Britain after the men's singles final match at the Sydney Classic tennis tournament in Sydney. Image Credit: AFP

Sydney: Andy Murray’s impressive run ended one win short of a 47th career title when he lost the Sydney Tennis Classic final 6-3, 6-3 to top-seeded Aslan Karatsev today.

The 34-year-old Murray started the week with his first win on Australian soil in more than 1,000 days. The three-time major winner progressed through the rounds to reach his first final since 2019.

Karatsev, who reached the Australian Open semifinals last year after going through qualifying for the season-opening major, was just too good.

'I'll keep trying'

“First time back in the finals for three years, it’s been a long road to get back here,” said Murray, a three-time major winner who has slid from No. 1 to No. 135 in the rankings. “I’ll keep trying my best to come back and have more nights like this. Maybe see you next year.”

Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, received a wild-card entry for the Sydney tournament and beat Viktor Durasovic and 23rd-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili, then Reilly Opelka in the semifinals, raising expectations after recurring hip injuries limited him to playing only one of the past four Australian Opens.

Murray won’t have long to recover before he takes on Basilashvili again in the first round of the Australian Open.