Australian Open 2021: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s incredible,” Aslan Karatsev after reaching his maiden Grand Slam SF

Russian Aslan Karatsev shocks Grigor Dimitrov to reach SF on his grand slam debut

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Aslan Karatsev

In what can be considered as a great feat, Aslan Karatsev reaches the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut. He came in Australia to play in a first Grand Slam main draw for the first time, and he’ll leave owning a piece of history.

The 114th-ranked qualifier from Russia become the first man in the professional era to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut when he beat 18th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2-6,6-4,6-1,6-2.

Dimitrov looked sharp early, but at the beginning of the third set he began to show severe limitations in his service motion and movement, handing a perfect chance to the Russian which he capitalized.

“It was really tough in the beginning for me, to hold my nerves”: Aslan Karatsev

The Russian will now take on either world number one Novak Djokovic – another star struggling through a persistent injury – or sixth seed Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.

In the post-interview, he said that he was nervous before the match and didn’t knew Dimitrov had a bit of injury.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Of course it’s my first time playing [a Grand Slam] main draw, first time [in the] semis,” Karatsev said. “It’s incredible.”

“It was really tough from the beginning for me to hold the nerves. It was really tricky,” Karatsev said. “I tried to find a way how to play and then in the third set he felt the back.”

There is a possibility for an All-Russian final on Sunday and Karatsev was asked the same. He respnded: “I try not to think about it I try to think like to play every match they’re going from match to match.”

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.