Whatever happens, Aslan Karatsev is already the protagonist of this Open de Australia 2021. Without ever having played a Grand Slam before, the Russian took another step forward this Tuesday, leaving behind an injured Grigor Dimitrov that he could barely compete during the first two sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2). Thus, he becomes the first player in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in his first Grand Slam tournament and the fifth to do so starting from the previous phase. Just some of the many historical data that you will leave written in Melbourne. His next opponent will be Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev.
#AusOpen | Only FIVE players in the Open Era reached Grand Slam SF starting from the qualifying phase:
1977 Wimbledon —- McEnroe
1977 AusOpen —- Giltinan
1997 RG —- Dewulf
2000 Wimbledon —- Voltchkov
2021 AusOpen —- Karatsev pic.twitter.com/374TZv1PBZ
— Fernando Murciego (@fermurciego) February 16, 2021