Karatsev Lost to the First Racket of the World in the Semifinals of the Australian Open

Karatsev Lost to the First Racket of the World in the Semifinals of the Australian Open
Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev in the semifinals of the Australian Open lost to the first racket of the world to Serb Novak Djokovic with a score of 3: 6, 4: 6, 2: 6.


The meeting lasted 1 hour 53 minutes. In the first set, until the score was 3: 3, each of the rivals took their own serve, after which Djokovic took three games in a row.


In the second game, the Serb led 5: 1, but Karatsev was able to reduce the gap to a minimum (5: 4). In the tenth game, the Russian earned two breakpoints, which he could not realize.


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At the beginning of the final set, Djokovic once again took the opponent's serve. Karatsev made a return break, leveling the score (2: 2). The match ended with four games won by the Serbs in a row.


At this tournament, Karatsev, for the first time in his career, made his way to the main draw at the Grand Slam tournament through qualification. In the first round, the 27-year-old athlete defeated Italian Gianluca Mager (6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 4), in the second - Yegor Gerasimov from Belarus (6: 0, 6: 1, 6: 0), in the third - the representative Argentina Diego Schwarzman (6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 3), in the fourth - Canadian Felix Auger-Allassim (3: 6, 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 4), in the quarterfinals - Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria (2: 6, 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 2).


Karatsev became the first tennis player in the history of the Open Era to reach the semifinals at his debut Grand Slam tournament. He also became the lowest-rated semi-finalist in this category since 2001, when Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, who ranked 125th, was in the top four at Wimbledon.


Before the start of the Australian tournament, Karatsev was the 114th racket in the world. Throughout his career, he never made it to the top 100 of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). At the end of the Australian Open, he will climb to the 42nd place.


Previously, the Russian played mainly in the ATP Challengers and ITF Futures series with the participation of tennis players not included in the elite of world tennis. At tournaments of this level, Karatsev won nine titles. In 2020, he won the ATP Challengers series in Prague and Ostrava.


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In early February, Karatsev, as part of the Russian national team, won the ATP Cup team tournament in Melbourne. Together with Yevgeny Donskoy, he played in doubles. None of these meetings had a tournament value, since Andrei Rublev and Daniil Medvedev won all of their singles matches.


In the final of the Australian Open, Djokovic will play with the winner of the match between Russian Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece. The decisive match of the tournament is scheduled for Sunday, February 21.


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