Andy Murray beats Reilly Opelka to reach Sydney Tennis Classic final

Andy Murray’s last ATP title came at the European Open in October 2019

Britain’s Andy Murray reached his first ATP final since 2019 with a three-set victory over Riley Opelka at the Sydney Classic.

The 34-year-old fought from a backward group to defeat the 25th-seeded American 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4.

Murray let out a victory roar after converting his first match point.

If his compatriot Dan Evans defeats top-ranked Russian Aslan Karatsev in another semi-final, it will be Britain’s first-ever ATP Tour final.

This is Murray’s first final since the 2019 European Open, claiming Emotional victory over Stan Wawrinka.

This was Murray’s 46th ATP title and his only singles title since he underwent career-saving hip surgery in January 2019.

“It would be great to start the year with a cup, but it’s already been a big week for me,” Murray said in his on-court interview.

“Putting four results together like this is a lot more than what I was able to achieve last year.”

Murray is preparing for the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, where he will play Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 21st seed, in the first round.

He is now 135th in the world after suffering horrific injuries in the past two years, but has progressed well in all of his matches in Sydney.

Murray was visibly frustrated after losing a 5-1 lead in the first set tiebreak against big-serving Opelka.

However, his comeback was excellent as he broke Opelka early in the second set to finally force the winner.

Murray couldn’t convert Opelka’s four break points before finally finding his way and serving the match to love.

“I lost a tight first set and it’s not easy to come back against a player like this but I love to compete,” Murray added.

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