Fans praise Andy Murray for first ATP Tour final since 2019, despite losing to Aslan Karatsev

‘You’re the champion for so much’: fans praise Andy Murray for reaching first ATP Tour final in three years as Brit takes second to Aslan Karatsev in Sydney Tennis Classic



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Andy Murray’s hopes for a first ATP title in over two years were thwarted by Aslan Karatsev in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The Russian, the tournament’s No. 1, won his third ATP Tour title after a relatively comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win on Saturday.

That means Murray’s quest for a first silverware since claiming his 46th career title in Antwerp in 2019 will continue until at least the Australian Open.

Andy Murray with the runners-up trophy in Sydney after his loss to Aslan Karatsev in the final

Andy Murray with the runners-up trophy in Sydney after his loss to Aslan Karatsev in the final

While the three-time Grand Slam winner is unlikely to triumph at Melbourne Park, his performance in Sydney was arguably the best week of tennis he has produced since his win in Belgium.

There was a lot of praise for the Scotsman on social media, with fans admiring Murray’s fighting spirit in his first final in nearly three years.

Murray’s mom, Judie, retweeted a photo of her son holding the runner-up trophy and added a flexed biceps and heart emoji.

“Andy Murray is so obviously stripped of his second place finish…but seriously, what an absolute feat to be in a final just before the Australian Open,” one fan tweeted.

Murray was clearly unhappy with the loss in his first ATP Tour final in almost three years

Murray was clearly unhappy with the loss in his first ATP Tour final in almost three years

Murray was clearly unhappy with the loss in his first ATP Tour final in almost three years

Fans praised Murray's fighting spirit and described it as a champion to so many people

Fans praised Murray's fighting spirit and described it as a champion to so many people

Fans praised Murray’s fighting spirit and described it as a champion to so many people

A tennis fan said the three-time Grand Slam champion was a credit to himself

A tennis fan said the three-time Grand Slam champion was a credit to himself

A tennis fan said the three-time Grand Slam champion was a credit to himself

The sentiments were shared by other fans, who described Murray as a champion to many and an honor to himself.

“Andy Murray, well played. Great to get back to the higher levels after all,” one wrote. “You get the negatives here, but you are definitely the champion for so many people.”

Another said: ‘You are a credit to yourself and your family, great to see you again in competitive tennis, good luck in the [Australian] open next week, a tournament that you deserve to win at least once.’

A fellow fan took a similar note: ‘Well done Andy Murray for reaching the final #SydneyTennis, Karatsev was just too good, just one double foul the whole game and a bad forehand.’

Fans praised Murray, but also acknowledged that Karatsev was too good for the Scot

Fans praised Murray, but also acknowledged that Karatsev was too good for the Scot

Fans praised Murray, but also acknowledged that Karatsev was too good for the Scot

Karatsev was a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open last year, reaching the final four despite entering the tournament as a qualifier.

However, since then he has won tournaments in Moscow and Dubai in the past 12 months and broke into the top 20 in the world.

After Murray held his own against the Russian, some fans have been hoping the two-time Wimbledon champion can get even better and finally put his injury woes behind him.

A fan congratulated Murray for making it difficult for the Russian in the final

A fan congratulated Murray for making it difficult for the Russian in the final

A fan congratulated Murray for making it difficult for the Russian in the final

Fans also praised Murray for playing 'like a winner' in the final against Karatsev in Sydney

Fans also praised Murray for playing 'like a winner' in the final against Karatsev in Sydney

Fans also praised Murray for playing ‘like a winner’ in the final against Karatsev in Sydney

“Not an easy ride for Karatsev. Andy made him fight for it,” the tweet read.

‘Well done Andy Murray! Absolutely great to see you back in a final. Forward and up.’

Another said: ‘#AndyMurray played like a winner. Get better and be able to win in Melbourne. Runner up this time. Good game.’

After the match, the 34-year-old fought back tears as he thanked his family for their support on his ‘long road’ back to the final of an ATP event.

Murray was defeated by Karatsev in straight sets in the final of the Sydney Classic tournament

Murray was defeated by Karatsev in straight sets in the final of the Sydney Classic tournament

Murray was defeated by Karatsev in straight sets in the final of the Sydney Classic tournament

“I want to congratulate Aslan on a fantastic week,” he said.

“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 back 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.’

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