Aslan Karatsev signed a big performance by winning in five sets against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday at the Australian Open (3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4) . The 27-year-old Russian achieves the feat of qualifying for the quarter-finals from his first participation in a Grand Slam tournament. An unprecedented feat since 1996.
Match after match, Aslan Karatsev writes his name in the legend of the Australian Open. At 27, the Russian is making a name for himself in Melbourne. Coming from the qualifications and for his first Grand Slam, Aslan Karatsev invited himself to the quarter-finals of the tournament after being led two sets to zero by the young Canadian hope Félix Auger-Aliassime (19th world), Sunday in Melbourne.
Ranked beyond the hundredth place in the world (114th), Karatsev won after about three and a half hours of match and after a huge battle against one of the future greats of the ATP circuit.
A fight concluded in five sets on a final winning forehand (3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4). Aslan Karatsev will challenge world No.3 Dominic Thiem or Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (18th) for a place in the last four. A great opportunity to continue his crazy Aussie epic.
Karatsev equals Ivanisevic in Melbourne
At 27, Aslan Karatsev thus becomes the first player to reach the quarter-finals in his first major tournament since the German Alex Radulescu twenty-five years ago on the grass of Wimbledon in 1996. And the Russian took the opportunity to become the first qualified to reach this stage of the Grand Slam competition since the Australian Bernard Tomic, still at Wimbledon, in 2011.
In Melbourne his performance is far from going unnoticed and is a real achievement. Aslan Karatsev became the third player in the Open era, after Australia’s Bob Giltinan (1977) and Croatian Goran Ivanisevic (1989), to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after breaking out of the qualifications.
“Hard to swallow” for Auger-Aliassime
The story is all the more beautiful for the Russian because he was not giving a lot of his skin when he found himself led two runs to zero after barely more than an hour of play against Félix Auger-Aliassime. Neither Karatsev nor his Canadian rival had yet played a five-set match in their career.
For “FAA” this defeat constitutes a big failure for the one who dreamed of playing his first quarter in Grand Slam. At 20, Auger-Aliassime had not yet lost a single set during this Australian Open. This Sunday, his first lost heats will have finally been fatal.
“It’s a shame not to have managed to get through this Sunday. It’s hard to swallow, conceded Félix Auger-Aliassime after his elimination. But it’s tennis. That’s how it is, it’s the life. And honestly, that will only help me for the future. “
Already expeditious in the previous round against the ninth world player Diego Schwartzman (6-3, 6-3, 6-3), Aslan Karatsev again signed a great feat in Melbourne. Above all, the Russian offers himself the right to dream better.