a. Karatsev b. (toilet) a. Murray 6-36-3
Lion Karatsev Smells the Australian Open ah Back in the best versionAnd. The Russian wins his third professional title inATP 250 in Sydney Proving he’s more than ready to defend the semi-finals in Melbourne last season: literally control dew Murray In a largely one-way final, which saw the Russian propose his best tennis, one that consisted of frightening acceleration and perfect pitch design geometry. When played this way, Aslan – who also beat Lorenzo Sonego on his way to the final – is a ball-shooting machine that could put anyone in trouble: good Andy is no exception, who in any case retains his final 69th. In his career, first from Antwerp 2019 and the first in Australia since the final losing to Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park in 2016.
The Scot, who has managed to return to competitive levels at this point in his career after the hip, was delighted during the awards gala at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney: “I miss playing these kinds of games in front of an audience like this – Scottish speech -. I wouldn’t have done it without the support of my team and family. Today the result was not on my side, but I did my best.”
The game, as we said, is Basically one direction from the first game, when Karatsev ruptured Murray’s serve on the third break point with a superb counter-attack from the right, taking advantage of only two first balls the Scots served on eight points. Initial break armored by Aslan, who is unreachable, closes the first set at 6-3 with 92% of the points with the first ball, Also hit a double fracture When in the last game Murray committed two consecutive double faults to hand the set to his opponent.
And Aslan also breaks Andy in the second set opener, directing the match: At the third break point, a nasty Murray foul allowed Karatsev to lead 2-0 and serve, But the advantages of the Russian are greater than the disadvantages of the Scotsman, always in command of operations. After about an hour of playing, Aslan has a slight dip and Andy has a chance to get back in the game. This happens in the fifth half of the second set, when Karatsev entered the service, the difficulty was for the first and only time by giving Murray five break points. However, on four of these occasions, Karatsev is good at saving himself: Only at the breaking point can a three-time Grand Slam champion feel any remorse, For a backhand in the first half put down. So Karatsev eventually keeps his serve with the first winner, and then, when he’s about to serve for the match 5-3, he doesn’t shiver (net of a double fault) and thanks to two stunning backhands puts the stamp on his third title after Dubai and Moscow in 2021. Now, for His Australian Open mission: on the scoreboard is in the third quarter, on a collision course with Nadal In the third round. Murray, present thanks to a wild card, will face a big hitch at Basilashvili already in the first round.
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