Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev - Sydney Tennis Classic final LIVE

Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev LIVE: British star steadies the ship after losing his FIRST service gamebut the ex-Wimbledon still trails the Russian top seed in his first ATP Tour final since 2019

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  • アンディマリー will face ロシア‘s Aslan Karatsev in his first ATP Tour final since 2019 で シドニー Tennis Classic on Saturday morning.

    マレー, who has endured years of injury woe, will compete in his first showpiece match since the 2019 European Open, where he beat Stan Wawrinka to win his only singles trophy since undergoing hip surgery in January 2019.

    Victory in Sydney would be the ideal preparation for the 全豪オープンwhich starts on Mondaybut he faces a tough assignment against Karatsev, who prevented Dan Evans from setting up the first all-British final at ATP Tour level.

    Follow Sportsmail’s Oli Gamp for live coverage of Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev in the Sydney Tennis Classic final, including build-up and game-by-game updates.

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    Murray* 3-4 Karatsev

    Murray showing great spirit with a nice forehand cross-court shot that catches out Karatsev, who later fires a forehand right to the edge of the tramline that just goes out.

    The Russian gets a point back before Murray aces again for 40-15and his next serve forces him to fire well out. Staying in this one still!


    マレー 2-4 *Karatsev

    A famous ‘come onfrom Murray as Karatsev’s first shot goes wayward, then having to work very hard indeed as Karatsev pings several shots into the cornersthe final one being too much for him despite a handful of impressive slice returnsthen antother forehand beats him at the corner for 30-15.

    Karatsev then goes for his forehand with power, with Murray hitting the net. Then a superb serve and volley sees him wrap it up.


    Murray* 2-3 Karatsev

    Karatsev is testing Murray’s back hand then pressing forward on the volleyMurray gets past him and curls a forehand down his left.

    He follows up with an ace for 30-0 – then balloons a shot out after a let, then second serve. But then he comes up with ANOTHER ace for 40-15.

    And then a double fault! 40-30… and then next one is place brilliantly into the corner, then fired back to the opposite corner for game!

    Tell you what, if Murray can get a bit more consistent with his service game, he has every chance of winning this.


    マレー 1-3 *Karatsev

    Murray looking to work the angles but a backhand eventually goes out following a good exchange, then it’s Karatsev’s turn to fire wide from a similar position.

    Karatsev quickly moves to 40-15 after a winner and then unstoppable acethen game as his monster serve goes right in the corner and Murray has no answer to it. Just as good as an ace.


    Murray* 1-2 Karatsev

    Karatsev looks like he has Murray on toast after forcing him to send back a lob that the Russian just has to poke over the netbut he skews it into his own court.

    He then fires a forehand wide, and Murray follows up with a brilliant ace for 40-0.

    Murray’s next serve is nearly as good and Karatsev’s return clips the top of the net before going out. Back in it!


    マレー 0-2 *Karatsev

    Quickly firing his way to 30-0, Karatsev, after two powerful forehand winnershis strong serve is really testing Murray and forcing him out wide.

    Murray’s returning being tested here as his next shot goes out past the baseline for 40-0, and then clips the net and it’s 2-0 in the blink of an eye. Work to do here.


    Murray* 0-1 Karatsev


    Karatsev plays a beautiful drop shot right in front of the net to the right of the court to send Murray charging forwardsbut he can’t quite get a clean connection on itquick 0-15 for the Russianthen double faults for 0-30. Not the best start.

    Karatsev hits a backhand straight down the tramlines to give him hope but then hits a brilliant shot down the line for two break points. Another shot from the Russian clips the back of the baseline and just over the line before a forehand goes wayward to take it to deuce.

    Murray’s first serve isn’t quite happening as he relies on his second serve again and Karatsev hits a sweet forehand right in the corner for advantage. Then after some back and forth shots he forces him into a awkward positionscooping a shot into the air before it bobbles into the net and Karatsev breaks.


    We’re about to get underway

    Umpire gives the players a 30 second warning before we get play going.


    Murray will serve first

    He’s won the coin toss and elects to serve, as both players start warming up


    Here come the players

    Murray on his way out into the arena first up, followed by his Russian opponent Karatsev.


    Paula Badosa wins the women’s final

    She’s beaten Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 in a thrilling finish to emerge victoriousgreat match that, and we should have Murray and Karatsev coming up any minute now.


    How to watch the final

    Remember, you can watch this match free of charge on the BBC website, app or iPlayer.

    Perfect chance for tennis lovers to rekindle their love of watching Andy Murray play. Coverage hasn’t kicked off yet but it’s coming up very soon.


    Murray’s last big win

    You have to go back to October 2019 for the last time Murray was in an ATP Tour final, where he beat Stanislas Wawrinka at the European Open in Antwerp.

    He won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, his first tiitle since undergoing his career-changing hip surgery at the beginning of that year.


    Men’s doubles winners

    In other news as we wait for the big match, Australian John Peers and Slovakia’s Filip Polasek have won the men’s doubles in Sydney after beating Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.


    Not long now

    The women’s final between Barbora Krejcikova and Paula Badosa is still ongoing and in the deciding set, so Murray and Karatsev will be on in a short while.


    And what about Murray’s opponent?

    We had been licking our lips in anticipation of an all-British final, with Dan Evans having the chance to set up an incredible clash against Murraybut fell to a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 defeat against Russian Karatsev.

    It wasn’t without controversy either, with the British man letting rip at the umpire and officials in Sydney after Karatsev took a five-minute bathroom break.

    He said they were a ‘f***ing embarrassment to the sportin a furious tirade as Karatsev kept his composure and made it through to face Murray.


    How we got here

    After going a set down against the Americanfollowing a nail-biting tie-breakerthe 34-year-old battled hard to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 after some consistent serving and even better returning to set up a final with Karatsev.


    Good morning!

    Are you ready for an Andy Murray final? We haven’t had too many recently but the three-time Grand Slam winner is in his first showpiece on the ATP Tour since 2019 after beating Reilly Opelka in three sets at the Sydney Tennis Classic. Aslan Karatsev is now all that stands in his way of a first accolade for three years.

    After Murray had major hip surgery at the start of January, his career looked to be overbefore making a stunning comeback, and while he hasn’t hit the previous heights of when he was British No 1 and formerly world No 1, it’s great to see him back with a chance of winning a tournament.

    All the action here is due to get underway at around 8am GMT.