Andy Murray is through to his first ATP Tour-level final since 2019

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Andy Murray is through to his first ATP Tour-level final since 2019

Andy Murray reaches his first ATP Tour-level FINAL since 2019 after defeating big-hitting American Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis

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Andy Murray reaches his first ATP Tour-level FINAL since 2019 after defeating big-hitting American Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis Classic – and fellow Brit Dan Evans could be standing in his way!

  • Andy Murray produced a sensational display to reach the singles final in Sydney
  • In what was a nip-and-tuck first set, US ace Opelka dominated the tie-break 
  • Murray regained his composure and converted his break to level it at a set each
  • It was Murray’s first ATP Tour-level semi-final in 822 days but he looked sharp 
  • Later on, fellow Brit Dan Evans has his own semi-final at the Sydney Classic event


Andy Murray has had to be patient but he is back in an ATP Tour-level final for the first time since October 2019 after defeating Reilly Opelka in Sydney. 

Murray had a degree of freshness having seen his quarter-final end prematurely with David Goffin needing to retire injured, having lost the first set 6-2.

And in what was his first ATP Tour-level semi-final in 822 days, Murray showed all the class in his returning game against one of the Tour’s biggest servers in Opelka to win it 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Roared on by plenty of noisy Scots inside the Ken Rosewall Arena, the former world No 1 showed he remains a force despite his physical ailments and this was another stunning display that tees him up for the Australian Open.

Murray 

‘I love competing,’ he said. 

‘You want to finish matches quickly. I obviously lost a tight first set and it’s not easy to come back against someone who plays that play style but I kept fighting.’

Asked about dealing with the serve: ‘You can’t prepare for it to be honest. I chose to block quite a few which worked quite well and the second serve isn’t easy. It’s tough but return has been always one of the strongest parts of my game and I used it well today.’

On the prospect of a 47th career title, he said: ‘It would be amazing to start the year with a win, really big progress to string matches together. I’ll go for 47 tomorrow and it’s been a good week. I’ve played better in each match.’ 

More to follow. 

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