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Australian Open, qualifier, Russia: 10 questions about Aslan Karatsev

Russia’s Aslan Karatsev became the biggest story of the 2021 Australian Open when he reached the semi-finals on his Grand Slam debut. Learn more about the 27-year-old talent.

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What did Aslan Karatsev do at the 2021 Australian Open? 

Karatsev reached the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open, where he became the first ATP player in history to reach the semi-finals on his Grand Slam main draw debut. His incredible run, from qualifying through to the last four, was eventually ended by Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

What else made Karatsev’s run at the 2021 Australian Open special? 

Karatsev was a qualifier, and he became the first ATP qualifier to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since 2000. He beat Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Grigor Dimitrov to reach the last four. His ranking will rise from No 114 to inside the world’s top 50.

How much money did Karatsev earn at the Australian Open in 2021? 

For reaching the semi-finals, Karatsev will be paid $850k Australian dollars, which amounts to approximately $663,000 dollars. Previously for his whole career, Karatsev had earned just over $618,000 dollars. 

How many wins did Karatsev have before he played the 2021 Australian Open? 

Karatsev entered the 2021 Australian Open with a 3-10 career record at the ATP level. The Russian had attempted to qualify at the Grand Slams nine other times, beginning at Wimbledon in 2014, but each time he failed. On 21 October, Karatsev earned 1st ATP World Tour win of career as a qualifier at Moscow, defeating countryman and former world No 8 Youzhny.

How many career ATP titles has Aslan Karatsev won?

Aslan Karatsev won his first ATP title in Dubai in March, 2021, when he beat Andrey Rublev

in the semi-finals and then took out South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in the final. The victory lifted him to a career-high ranking of No 27, having been ranked outside the top 250 a year before.

When was Aslan Karatsev born?

Aslan Karatsev was born on September 4, 1993, in Vladikavkaz, at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, more than 1,000 km to the south of Moscow, Russia. He moved to Israel when he was three, then back to Russia at 12. He talked about it at length in a press conference in Melbourne, when reporters struggling to get to grips with his run streak asked him to enlighten them about his background.

What is Aslan Karatsev’s nationality?

Karatsev is Russian. He defended his country’s colours at the University Games, the Universiade, in Gwangju (South Korea), in 2015. He won the silver medal in singles, losing to Hyeong Chung, and he earned a bronze medal in mixed doubles with Veronika Kudermetova. In 2017, in Taipei (Taiwan), he won gold in men’s doubles with Richard Muzaev.

Karatsev also represented Russia in the Davis Cup once, against the Netherlands in 2016. He lost to Matwe Middelkoop. Most recently, he won the 2021 ATP Cup with Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev’s Russia. “I learned a lot from being around Daniil and Andrey. I watched them, I saw how they played, how they behaved. It helped me a lot, “said Karatsev, who played and lost three dead doubles rubbers, two with Evgeny Donskoy and one with Andrey Rublev

Who is Aslan Karatsev’s coach?

According to the ATP website, Yahor Yatsyk, a Belarusian ranked 682nd in the world in doubles in 2013, has recently been his coach. Before, he worked for more than two years, until the end of 2020, with Alberto Lopez, who notably coached Garbiñe Muguruza from 2005 to 2011.

When did he start his professional career?

Karatsev made his debut matches in 2009 in Futures, before starting to progress in 2012. In 2015, he claimed his first victory on the ATP Tour against former world No 8 Youzhny, who was then ranked 150th. It took him five years to win again on the main circuit, against Tennys Sandgren in St. Petersburg and then against Taro Daniel in Sofia in 2020.

What are some of his other career highlights?

Aslan Karatsev has three Challenger titles, two of which came in the last year: He won his first Challenger in Kazan in 2015, then won two last year at Prague and Ostrava in 2020, which made him one of the most successful players on the secondary circuit when he resumed the post-containment circuit in July 2020. He has also won 10 titles in Futures.

What are his hobbies?

On Instagram, we get a little glimpse of Aslan Karatsev’s hobbies: snowboarding like in 2015, but he’s clearly a dog lover, if the the dogs he’s pictured with are any indication. 

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