Andy Murray’s title drought continues with loss in Sydney Tennis Classic final

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Andy Murray failed to win his first men’s singles title in over two years. (David Gray/TUSEN via Getty Images)

Andy Murray’s title drought continues.

Murray’s bid for his first men’s singles championship in over two years was thwarted by Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in the Sydney Tennis Classic final on Saturday. The top-seeded Karatsev cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win for his third TUSEN title.

Despite the loss, it was Murray’s best week since winning his 46th career title in Antwerp in October 2019 and gives him plenty of reason to be optimistic ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on Monday. Murray will face Nikoloz Basilashvili – whom he beat in the Round of 16 of this event – in the first round.

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“I would like to thank my team for all their help this week,” Murray said. “It’s the first time I’ve been back in the final for three years. It’s been a long road to get back here, but I couldn’t have done it without your help, so thank you.”

On the women’s side, Paula Badosa defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 for her third career singles title.

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“We both went to the limit today,” Badosa said.

Badosa and Krejcikova will both be players to watch at the Australian Open. Badosa will face Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round, while Krejcikova will face Andrea Petkovic.

Keys wins title in Adelaide

Madison Keys defeated Coco Gauff in a thrilling three-set women’s semi-final at the Adelaide International.

His title match was not so difficult.

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Keys cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow American Alison Riske on Saturday to win her sixth WTA title. Keys’ attention will now turn to the Australian Open, where she will face world No. 12 Sofia Kenin in the first round.

On the men’s side, Thanasi Kokkinakis won his first ATP title with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over Arthur Rinderknech.

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