Andy Murray beats another tennis giant to reach Sydney Classic final | Tennis

Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour final in over two years with a three-set win over American Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The Scot has said for several months that a deep run at a tournament was not far off and he has made up for it this week with his best run of results since winning his last title in Antwerp in 2019.

He was frustrated to lose the opening set against the 6ft 11in Opelka after fighting back from 5-1 behind in the tie-break, but continued to put pressure on his opponent’s serve and got his reward with a 6-7 (6), 6 -4, 6-4 win.

Murray has always performed well against big servers, his great returns and ability to keep the ball in play made it a strong match-up for him. He has a 7-0 record against Ivo Karlovic and 8-0 against John Isner, and this win means he remains undefeated against the giants of the game.

Murray will now bid for a 47th career title against Russian Aslan Karatsev, who defeated British No. 2 Dan Evans 6-3, 6-7 (13), 6-3.

“Of course it’s great to be in the final again,” said Murray. ÔÇťAnother tough game. It would always be tight against him. Usually there are not many opportunities. After losing the first set it felt like a long way back, but I stayed tight on my serve. I’ve served well in the last few sets and I think I played a pretty smart game overall. It was a good win. It’s been a great week for me already. I’m going for 47 tomorrow.”

Andy Murray shakes hands with the 6ft 11in Reilly Opelka after their semi-final
Andy Murray shakes hands with the 6ft 11in Reilly Opelka after their semi-final. Photo: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Evans had hoped to set up a first-ever all-British ATP Tour final and saved three match points in an epic tiebreak in the second set. He was then furious over a toilet break from Karatsev, but despite recovering from a 3-0 deficit, he was broken again and suffered a first loss of the season.

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