Russian qualifier Karatsev reaches round of 16 in Slam debut By Reuters

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev continued his fairytale streak at the Australian Open on Sunday, reaching the quarterfinals in his Grand Slam debut with a 3-6 1-6 6-3 6 victory. -3 6-4 over 20th. Seed Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada’s Auger-Aliassime looked to be heading for a comfortable victory at Margaret Court Arena as he led 2-0, but with nothing to lose, the 27-year-old Russian went for it and recovered. to victory. “It was really difficult at first to play with him. He’s a really good player and he was playing very fast and it took me two sets to find my rhythm,” Karatsev, ranked 114th in the world, said in his on-court interview. . “I put everything into this game and I’m very happy.” Playing the first five sets of their careers, both players showed nerves, but it was Karatsev who showed better control at the end as unforced errors increased for the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime. Karatsev converted his first match point with a cross forehand and celebrated with a roar as he became the first male player since Alex Radulescu at Wimbledon in 1996 to reach the Grand Slam quarter-finals on his debut. Karatsev also became the lowest ranked man to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals since No. 114 Patrick McEnroe in 1991. He will then play third-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria or 18-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. , for a place in the semifinals. in Melbourne Park. “I’ll be ready for everyone,” said Karatsev, one of three Russians who reached the round of 16 this year. Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will be in action on Monday.

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