TennisSection previews the 2022 Sydney Open as Andy Murray takes on Aslan Karatsev in the final on Saturday, January 15th, 2022.
Will Aslan Karatsev get his 3rd career title as he aims to start 2022 as strongly as he did 2021? Will Andy Murray show us that he still has some fight left in him and get himself another title to add to his huge trophy cabinet? Both players are power hitters and will give it their best, but only one will win the title here in Sydney. Who will it be?
Aslan Karatsev came through an extremely tight encounter against another Brit in the semifinals, beating Dan Evans in 3 sets. Aslan had a fair few chances to go ahead in that second set and potentially get the win faster, but Evans made sure to keep things tight and take it the distance. The real difference in the match was the fact that Karatsev was somewhat solid on both his first and second serve, whilst Evans was not great on his second. Now, Aslan Karatsev will know he faces an even tougher Brit in Andy Murray, and he needs to be at his best if he wants to win the 2022 Sydney Open title.
Andy Murray showed great determination to fight back as he met Reilly Opelka in the semifinals, coming back from a set down against the huge server to win in 3 sets. Andy was even better than Reilly on his serve to be honest, not double faulting, hitting 16 aces, and winning 88% and 71% of first and second serves respectively. Andy was great on the return, making Opelka fight through most games and then when the big American was tired out, Murray was able to capitalize. Murray seemed so happy to be back in a final, and he will aim to give it his all against Aslan Karatsev at the 2022 Sydney Open.
Andy Murray and Aslan Karatsev have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Although Aslan is ranked 115 places higher than Andy, this match is going to be much tighter than rankings would suggest. Aslan is looking for his 3rd career title, whilst Andy is looking for his 47th. I think that to analyse this match properly, we need to look at how they both dealt when facing Dan Evans recently. Andy played Dan just a few weeks ago and beat him quite easily in straight sets, whilst Aslan did struggle at times. I think that the crowd will be with Murray, and his extra experience will also give him more peace of mind in getting his 47th career title at the 2022 Sydney Open, his first since the European Open in 2019.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Andy Murray to Win.
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