Revenge in Australia: how Karatsev defeated Djokovic
(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)– Aslan Karatsev is a Russian professional tennis player.
The public learned the name of the Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev when the athlete, who at the beginning of the season was outside the top 250 rating of the Association of Tennis Professionals, sensationally brilliantly held one of the main tournaments – the Australian Open.
The Russian in his 27 years for the first time in his career reached the semifinals of the competition, where he lost to the Serbian tennis player, the first racket of the world, Novak Djokovic.
After Australia, Karatsev brilliantly played the ATP-500 series tournament in Dubai, where he took the trophy, but then in Monte Carlo at the Masters he lost in the second round to the future champion of the tournament – Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The tournament in Serbia became the second ATP competition in his career on clay for Karatsev.
As a highly seeded one, he missed the first round, and then defeated Slovenian tennis player Aljaz Bedene, simultaneously playing matchball, and then turned out to be stronger than the representative of Italy, Gianluca Maguera.
This victory led Karatsev to the third semi-final this season, and Djokovic again became his rival.
The Serbian tennis player was the favorite for this semi-final.
The fact that the tournament was held in his native country also played on his side, he plays in front of his fans, and Djokovic’s wife and little son were in the stands during the match.
And the game itself was quite difficult in terms of weather conditions – there was a strong wind in Belgrade.
The first set lasted 1 hour 10 minutes and ended in favor of Karatsev.
Although initially it seemed that the Russian had few chances – Djokovic took two of his serves and made a break, leading in the set 3: 0
However, then the Russian managed to recoup, having equalized the score – 3: 3, and after that he even made a break.
However, when the score was 5: 4, he failed to apply for the set, but after that the Serbian tennis player began to make mistakes, which allowed Karatsev to lead the story first 6: 5, and then completely reflect three break points and take the first set with a score of 7: 5.
In the second set, Djokovic again initially took the lead – 2: 0. Karatsev managed to take four games in a row, moreover, it is worth noting that the Serb was not very successful in realizing his break points, which ultimately led to the score 4: 2.
However, the first racket of the world took the seventh game to zero, then finished off Karatsev on his serve and then finished two games without any problems.
Though not confident, Djokovic won the second set.
The main struggle took place in the third set, which dragged on for a long time.
Tennis players kept their feeds for a long time, fighting for each one, and the number of break points was great.
Aslan, for example, played as many as 23 out of 28 breaks. Tennis players alternately won games, but in the seventh Djokovic made a number of serious mistakes, allowing the opponent to come out ahead – 4: 3.
Karatsev applied for the match with the score 5: 4 and won the set, thereby securing a ticket to the tournament final.
For the trophy, the Russian will fight with the winner of the confrontation between Italian Matteo Berrettini and Japanese Taro Daniel.
The match lasted 3 hours 26 minutes and ended with a score of 7: 5, 4: 6, 6: 4 in favor of the Russian tennis player.
After the fight, Karatsev noted that this victory was the biggest in his career, and also stressed that in fights with such top athletes, it is necessary to give all the best for more than 100 percent.
“Of course, this is the biggest career win. Against the first racket of the world, you need to show everything you can. He’s like a wall, so you have to play 150%. And I did it, ”said the tennis player.
President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev did not stay away from this victory. He said that his victory for Karatsev was not shocking, because the athlete showed an excellent game and justly defeated the eminent opponent.
“I will not say that I was shocked by the victory of Karatsev. Yes, this is Djokovic, but what’s wrong with that? Aslan played the game and won absolutely deservedly.
Here’s what I liked the most: Karatsev did not let Djokovic breathe, the swing was very serious, Novak held on more due to experience.
It’s good that Aslan had enough margin of safety to finish him off, ” says Tarpishchev.