The Russian player, Aslan Karatsev, not in the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings has become the first man in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam debut. Further, the current World No. 222 has also gone through the qualifiers of the Australian Open in 2021.
The former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert appreciated the Russian’s victory over the Top 10 star Diego Schwartzman in the third round at Melbourne Park. In an interview with ATPTour.com, Gilbert expressed he sees Karatsev as the Top 20 player.
“The eye test tells me this dude was playing like a Top 20 player [against Schwartzman]. If me and you were sitting in the stands and you would have told me one guy was ranked No. 8 and the other guy No. 111, the guy who was No. 111 was Schwartzman,” said Gilbert, the former American tennis player.
Further, he clarified, it was not the German Schwartzman, who didn’t play well, but the star of the game was 27-year-old Aslan. He just took over the game and presented a mind-blowing set.
Aslan Karatsev shared his thoughts on the victories
Aslan also claimed victory against the owner of eight singles titles Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Karatsev somehow overpowered the World No. 8 in a three-set victory.
After the triumph, the Russian said, “I’m feeling good on the court, the way how I [have] competed, the way how I [have] played. The Australian Open gave me for sure confidence.”
Similarly, after defeating the clay-court specialist Diego, Aslan Karatsev said that he feels pretty confident now and is also impressed with his own gaming skills. For now, he is looking forward to playing in the finals.
Karatsev’s progress is clearly visible
After analyzing his gameplay for some time, Karatsev is clearly in the Premier League, and his skills are getting sharp with each game. The Russian was World No. 253, before the pandemic. And now he stands a chance to be in the Top 30 if he defeats Lloyd Harris on Saturday.
Doubles champions in Doha! 🏆🏆
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His progress is clearly visible as he suffered 11 consecutive losses in 2019, but none of that happened at tour level. The holder of ATP title of 2021 in doubles along with Rublev is now only focused on his upcoming matches. It will be interesting to see whether the Russian can win the finals or not.
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