Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev continues to surprise at the Australian Open. The number 114 in the world ranking was also too strong for the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter finals in Melbourne. The 27-year-old debutant in a grand slam tournament triumphed after more than 2.5 hours in four sets: 2-6 6-4 6-1 6-2.
Karatsev qualified for the main schedule in Melbourne via the qualifying tournament. He will play in the semi-finals against the winner of the game between the first-placed Serbian Novak Djokovic and the sixth-placed German Alexander Zverev.
Dimitrov, the number 18 on the placement list, made the last four in Melbourne in 2017. The 29-year-old Bulgarian started well against Karatsev, but suffered physical problems in the second set. He asked for medical treatment after losing the third set, but was unable to return to his normal level afterwards.
Karatsev is the fifth player in modern tennis to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in the men’s qualifying tournament.