The unannounced Russian Aslan Karatsev is playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time and is in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open

The 27-year-old played his first ATP Tour game in 2013 but didn’t score his first top-level win until 2015, adding just two more in 2020 before hitting Melbourne Park this year

After qualifying, Karatsev picked up the scalp of the eighth seed Diego Schwartzman in straight sets before he beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round on Sunday with 20th Seed defeated

The Russian recovered after dropping the first two sets at Margaret Court Arena and won 3-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in almost three and a half hours

In the districts he meets Grigor Dimitrov (18), who defeated Dominic Thiem, who finished second last year, 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 0 in the fourth round

Auger-Aliassime counts the cost of the mistakes his own bat made in the game

After making only nine casual mistakes in the first two movements, he made 32 in the last three stanzas, while more than half of Karatsev’s 46 mistakes occurred in the first two movements before he made things worse

After the number 114 in the world was broken to lose the second set, the serve did not fail for the rest of the game

“He’s a really good player, he’s very fast and it took me two sentences to figure out how to play”

When asked if he would rather play Thiem or Dimitrov in the last eight games, Karatsev said he was “ready for everyone”, but Dimitrov will certainly be a little fresher after quickly considering Thiem on Sunday

Dimitrov faces his second opponent in a row, who has a marathon with five sets behind him after dealing with Thiem who looked gassed

The Austrian third seemed exhausted after two sets against Nick Kyrgios in the third round, while Dimitrov’s longest game of the tournament was his 128-minute first-round appearance against Marin Cilic

Since then, the semi-finalist of the Australian Open 2017 has beaten wildcard player Alex Bolt in one hour and 50 minutes and prematurely withdrawn the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in the second set of his game in the third round

As a result, Dimitrov had a lot more spring in his stride when he went on the pitch against Thiem, who went broke in the fourth game of the first two sets but couldn’t continue the momentum

However, Dimitrov stormed through the finish line, losing just seven points as he won the game’s last nine games

On the other side of the draw, the sixth seed Alex Zverev defeated the Serb Dusan Lajovic 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 5) and 6: 3 to reach a quarter-final against defending champion Novak Djokovic or the great Canadian Milos Raonic

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-14/aslan-karatsev-reaches-australian-open-quarter-finals/13153946