What a way to finish the 2022 Sydney Tennis Classic on a high with Aslan Karatsev as your new men’s champion alongside Spain’s Paula Badosa earlier on in the women’s singles final, he took down opponent Briton’s Andy Murray in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 at Ken Rosewall Arena.
Karatsev off to a flyer who built a decent lead earlier on, it gave him ample time to get himself over the line where he was challenged during occasions by Murray before the Russian successfully beaten him to the punch.
Meanwhile, Murray came from a long, long way when he entered this tournament as the wildcard and worked his route stage after stage until he got into the final. He did his best to catch up & hold off Karatsev in both sets, but it’s too little, too late where a poor start ultimately saw Murray settle as runner-up.
Karastev will enter as the 18th seed on the Australian Open 1st Round on Monday v Spain’s Jaume Munar, while Murray kicks off his upcoming journey in Melbourne when he faces 21st seed from Georgia Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday.
The two-week warm-up/exhibition stage is done, we can’t wait for what it takes over the next two weeks of the opening Grand Slam tournament.