Andy Murray sheds tears after defeat to Aslan Karatsev at Sydney Tennis Classic

Andy Murray fights back tears as he thanks his family for helping him on the ‘long road’ back to his first ATP event final since 2019 after defeat to Aslan Karatsev at the Sydney Classic











Andy Murray fought back tears as he thanked his family for their support on his ‘long road’ back to an ATP event final.

The former British No. 1 was outclassed by Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in the Sydney Tennis Classic final, losing 6-3 6-3 in his first showpiece since the 2019 European Open.

Murray’s voice broke as he thanked his wife Kim, their four children and his family for continuing the sport after hip surgery.

Andy Murray was defeated by Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Sydney Classic tournament

An emotional Murray's voice broke as he thanked his family for their support in coming back from hip surgery to reach a first ATP event final since 2019

An emotional Murray’s voice broke as he thanked his family for their support in coming back from hip surgery to reach a first ATP event final since 2019

Murray wanted to express his thanks to his wife Kim and their children after the final

Murray wanted to express his thanks to his wife Kim and their children after the final

Murray said after the game on the track: ‘I want to congratulate Aslan on a fantastic week.

“I know he arrived here late in Australia as well and is recovering from Covid, so it’s all the more impressive to come back and play at that level. All the best for the Australian Open.

“Thank you to my team for all their help this year. It’s my first time in the final in three years and it’s been a long road to get back here and I couldn’t have done it without your help.

“I want to thank my family, I don’t know if you’re all watching, but I miss you all.

Karatsev ripped Murray apart on Saturday with some beautiful shots and brilliant accuracy

Karatsev ripped Murray apart on Saturday with some beautiful shots and brilliant accuracy

Murray with the runners-up trophy in Sydney after losing to Karatsev in the final

Murray with the runners-up trophy in Sydney after losing to Karatsev in the final

“I want to thank everyone who organized this event. It’s my first time here in Sydney, it’s not an easy time hosting events but you put on a fantastic event and I really enjoyed it.

Finally, to everyone who came to support tonight. What a great atmosphere to play in, it’s so good.

“I really missed playing in front of this kind of crowd in these kinds of matches.

“Unfortunately the result was not easy tonight, but I will do my best to come back.”

Murray received strong support from a Scottish contingent in the Sydney final

Murray received strong support from a Scottish contingent in the Sydney final

Murray was on a peak after beating American Reily Opelka in the semi-finals, but he seemed to have run out of steam – Karatsev took him apart in two sets and surpassed him with blistering power.

The leading group knocked out winners from all over the field to take a 6-3 6-3 victory for its third title on the ATP Tour.

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