Andy Murray continues to amaze at the ATP 250 Hard Court Championships in Sydney. The former ATP leader advanced to the final, in which he will face Aslan Karasev on Saturday.

Rafai Smolensky

Britain's Andy Murray

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On Friday, Andy Murray, who received a wild card from the organizers, survived the Riley Opelka bombing. The American sent 20 aces, winning the first set after breaking the tie, but it was the Briton who scored two. They turned out to be decisive in the victorious 6:7(6) duel, 6:4, 6:4.

– It’s been a wonderful week for me. You’ve made a lot of progress compared to what you did last year. On Saturday, I will be fighting for my 47th career title. Murray said (quote from atptour.com) I am doing better with every game and hopefully tomorrow too.

And his opponent in the final will be one of the highlights of the last season, Aslan Karasev. The Russian, who reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year, is putting in a great performance once again at the Antipodes. On Friday, he did not collapse in the second set, wasting three match balls. After a long battle he defeated Briton Daniel Evans 6:3, 6:7 (13), 6:3.

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And Karaggio advanced to the fourth final of the men’s tour. In 2021, he won in Dubai and Moscow and lost the title match in Belgrade. The 28-year-old, born in Vladikavkaz, is the most-ranked participant in the Sydney competition, but Saturday’s duel with Murray will not be an easy task.

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– I’ve never played with him. I trained with him on the grass last year. He is a tennis player who hits the ball hard. The Briton said he is a really strong man, and will return to the ATP Top 100 if he beats the Russian in the final.

Sydney Tennis Classic, Sydney (Australia)
ATP 250, Hard Court, 521K prize pool. dollar
Friday 14 January

Singles semi-finals:

Aslan Karasev (Russia, 1) beat Daniel Evans (UK, 3) 6-3 6 7 (13) 6-3.
Andy Murray (UK) beat Riley Opelka (US, 4) 6-7 (6) 6-4 6-4

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