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.

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