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Aslan Karatsev

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Full name: Aslan Kazbekovich Karatsev
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Bio He is a Russian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 27 on March 22, 2021 and No. 222 in doubles on March 15 2021.

In February 2021, Karatsev went through qualifiers to qualify for the Australian Open. In his first main draw of a Grand Slam, he defeated 8th seed Diego Schwartzman, 20th seed Félix Auger-Aliassime and 17th seed Grigor Dimitrov and went on to reach the semifinals. Karatsev is the first man in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut.

In March 2021, he won his first ATP title at the 2021 Qatar Open with Andrey Rublev, in doubles. A week later, Karatsev went on to win his first ATP singles title at the 2021 Dubai Open, beating South Africa's Lloyd Harris in straight sets in the final. He was the third wildcard to win this ATP 500 event. Karatsev, who beat four seeded players en route to the final joined Wayne Ferreira (1995) and Thomas Muster (1997) in the exclusive club. Thanks to this run he entered for the first time the top 30 in the singles rankings.

His father Kazbek Karatsev is an ethnic Ossetian. Karatsev's grandfather on his mother's side is Jewish. When he was three years old his parents moved to Israel.

His first coach was Vladimir Rabinovich. When he was 16, he moved back to Russia, with his father, this time to Taganrog where his new coaches were Alexander Kuprin and Ivan Potapov. From 2011 to 2013 he was coached by Andrey Kesarev.

Karatsev fluently speaks Russian, Hebrew and English.

Karatsev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2013 St. Petersburg Open where he received entry to the main draw as a wildcard entrant. In the first round he lost to compatriot and second seed Mikhail Youzhny, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6. In the doubles event, he partnered Dmitry Tursunov where they reached the semifinals, losing to Dominic Inglot and Denis Istomin, 4–6, 7–5, [9–11]. In 2015 he won his first ATP match in the main draw at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, defeating Youzhny.

According to Karatsev's father, his son, at 19, had been mentored by Dmitry Tursunov who traveled him to Halle, Germany to train there for a couple of months but returned due to a lack of money to continue. Then the German academy itself invited Aslan to return to Halle. He had been trained there for two years, then got injured and could not really play for two years because of the trauma. He moved to Barcelona. There he had played at the Bruguera Tennis Academy for less than two years.

After searching for better coaching opportunities in Spain and Germany, in 2019 Karatsev hired his new coach, Yahor Yatsyk from Minsk. Yatsyk, a former professional tennis player one year senior, used to help Nikoloz Basilashvili as a coach. During the COVID-19 lockdown Karatsev played exhibition matches in the United States.

In 2020 St. Petersburg, Karatsev earned his first top 50 win against Tennys Sandgren.

Karatsev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 Australian Open after coming through qualifying by beating Brandon Nakashima, Max Purcell and Alexandre Müller. It was here that he also notched his first top 10 victory, after upsetting 8th seed and world No. 9 Diego Schwartzman, in a rare match between two Jewish players. He also upset 20th seed Félix Auger-Aliassime after dropping the first two sets and coming back to win in 5 to become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Bernard Tomic at Wimbledon 2011, and the first man to reach a quarterfinal in his Grand Slam debut since Alex Rădulescu in 1996 Wimbledon. He then defeated former No. 3 (20 November 2017) player Grigor Dimitrov in four sets to reach the semifinals. By doing this, Karatsev became the first qualifier to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since Vladimir Voltchkov in 2000 Wimbledon and the first to do so at the Australian Open since Bob Giltinan in 1977, the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Goran Ivanišević in 2001 Wimbledon, and the first player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal on debut in the Open Era history. There, he lost to world No. 1 and eventual champion Novak Djokovic, who was also a defending champion in straight sets. His run at the tournament raised his ranking from World No. 114 to a career-high of World No. 42.

Karatsev's next tournament was Doha, where he beat Mubarak Shannan Zayid in straight sets in the first round, but lost to top seed Dominic Thiem in the second round after taking the first set in a tiebreak. He entered the doubles draw with compatriot Andrey Rublev and reached the semifinals, where they defeated Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. In the final, they defeated Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in straight sets. Winning the tournament raised his doubles ranking from World No. 447 to a career-high of World No. 222. In Dubai, he beat Egor Gerasimov, Dan Evans and Lorenzo Sonego to reach his first ATP 500 quarterfinal, where he beat Jannik Sinner in 3 sets to advance to his first ATP 500 semifinal. In the semifinal, Karatsev ended the 23-match winning streak of second seed Andrey Rublev at ATP 500 events to reach his first singles final. In the final, he defeated Lloyd Harris to win his first title. The win allowed Karatsev to break into the top 30 for the first time in his career.
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