Andy Murray’s bid for his first ATP title since October 2019 ended with a straight-set defeat by Russian high seed Aslan Karatsev within the Sydney remaining.
The Briton, whose final win in Antwerp got here 9 months after hip surgical procedure, misplaced 6-3 6-3 to the world quantity 20.
Murray was damaged within the opening sport and struggled on first serve in a set the place he was outpowered by Karatsev.
Murray misplaced his first service sport within the second set and the one break was sufficient for Karatsev to safe victory.
5 break alternatives have been created by Murray within the fifth sport of the second set, however Karatsev saved all of them and regained his rhythm to clinch the title.
Whereas Murray might be despondent on the defeat, the world quantity 135 will replicate positively on the week as an entire.
Typically the three-time Grand Slam champion moved effectively across the courtroom and his serving, earlier than the ultimate in opposition to Karatsev at the least, was notably sturdy.
Now the 34-year-old Scot will head to Melbourne, the place the Australian Open begins on Monday.
Murray, a five-time finalist on the opening Grand Slam of the season, will play Georgian twenty first seed Nikoloz Basilashvili within the first spherical on Tuesday.
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