Andy Murray’s dream week in Sydney came to an unfortunate end on Saturday as the three-time Grand Slam winner lost to Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-3.
The defeat ended the Scot’s quest for 47th career titie and his first since Antwerp in autumn, 2019.
“The first time back in the finals for three years… it’s been a long road to get back here,” Murray said.
“I couldn’t have done it without your help (his team) so thank you. I’d also like to thank my family back home, I don’t know if you were watching but I miss you all.”
The Russian winner has now won three of four ATP career finals and reached a career high of 15th.
Karatsev duplicated the Sydney title of compatriot and world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who won here in 2019.
Karatsev ended with 29 winners and 14 unforced errors, saving five of five break points.