sport">“It seems like this has been going on for far too long and it’s bad for tennis, for the Australian Open and for Novak,” Murray said after reaching the final in Sydney. “I would like to see it resolved quickly. I think it would be good for everyone if that happens.”
sport">Murray does not know if he will meet Djokovic next week in Melbourne, where they have already fought several nice duels. “I don’t know which route he will take and whether he can appeal and how long that will take. But also not whether he can still train while the process is underway.”
sport">Murray, a five-time finalist at the Australian Open, does have a valid vaccination certificate, unlike Djokovic. He even received a booster shot. “Most young and healthy athletes will probably be fine, but we all have to play our part in this one,” Murray said. “So it makes sense to me that people go ahead and get vaccinated.”
sport">The 34-year-old Murray is in the right form in the run-up to the Australian Open. He is in the final of the ATP tournament of Sydney. The Scot defeated the American Reilly Opelka, the number 25 in the world, in three sets: 6-7 (6), 6-4 and 6-4.
sport">Murray was last in the final of an ATP tournament in Antwerp in 2019. The former number 1 in the world, who dropped from the global top 100 in recent years due to physical problems, then took his 46th tournament victory by beating Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final.
sport">Murray was immediately eliminated at the preparatory tournament in Melbourne last week, but in Sydney – where he was admitted with a wild card – the Scot showed some of his old class again. He eliminated, among others, the second-placed Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia. In the final battle, the number 135 in the world will compete against compatriot Dan Evans or the first-seeded Russian Aslan Karatsev.
sport">Czech tennis star Barbora Krejcikova has survived no less than seven match points in the semifinal battle of the WTA tournament in Sydney against Anett Kontaveit. She eventually won the game after 2.5 hours with 0-6 6-4 7-6 (12).
sport">Kontaveit (26) left her first three match points unused in the deciding set with a 6-5 lead and in the tiebreak the fourth-seeded Estonian was still one point away from victory four times.
sport">The third seed Krejcikova (26) had no chance in the first set and only won fifteen points. She will play in the final against the winner of the duel between the Spanish Paula Badosa and Darja Kasatkina from Russia.