Grigor Dimitrov faced off against Aslan Karatsev of Russia in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021 in what was the first meeting of the two players. Both the players have been doing really well with Dimitrov having proven himself against Dominic Thiem. But this time his body refused to cooperate with his will after the first set.
The match was won by Aslan Karatsev with a score of 2-6,6-4,6-1,6-2 .
Grigor Dimitrov loses to Karatsev amid injury
The first set started with both the players showing good form. The first game was taken by Dimitrov with Karatsev equalizing to make it 1-1. After a few longer plays the set went to 2-2 and Dimitrov with his slices took two games making it 4-2 before he then took the set with a score of 6-2.
The second set followed a similar tempo as the first one with both the players take one game each making it 1-1. The tie got extended to 3-3 and Dimitrove seemed to be troubling the Russian with his slices. The tie was then further extended to 4-4, Karatsev doing his best to get back at the Bulgarian. The Russian then managed to break through and took the set 6-4. The set score now stood at one all.
The third set saw the Russian making a comeback by taking a lead of 4-1. Dimitrov seemingly struggling in this set as he was having cramps. Dimitrov lost the set with a whopping scoreline of 6-1.
The fourth set saw Karatsev riding the momentum from the last set. Dimitrov did his best to get back but Karatsev took a big lead with 3-1. Dimitrov seemed to fight back making it 4-2 but it was apparent he couldn’t perform anymore. Karatsev then took the set 6-2.
In the post match interview, when asked about the match Karatsev said that it was a terrifric encounter against a top player where luck favored him. When asked about playing against either Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev, he said that he chooses to not think about it.