Russian unidentified shocks eighth seed Schwartzmann at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Feb 12, 2021 (BSS/AFP) – Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev managed the biggest shock of this year’s Australian Open when the world number 114 blitzed eighth seed Diego Schwartzmann into submission 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Friday with a barrage of winners.

Karatsev is making his Grand Slam launching at Melbourne Park and is exceptionally yet to drop a set as he set up a fourth-round conference with among the Canadian pair Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime, who clash later on.

The 27-year-old Russian secret weapon powered 50 winners, consisting of 9 aces, past the shell-shocked Argentine who might summon only five of his own in return in a 1hr 52min drubbing.

On nine previous attempts to reach a Grand Slam event, the injury-dogged Russian fell in certifying however he finally broke through to reach the Australian Open main draw, and is taking advantage of his opportunity.

“It’s an astounding sensation, I qualified so I was already extremely pleased,” stated Karatsev.

In 2017, the Russian struggled with a knee injury suffered while training in Spain and was out for 6 months.

When Karatsev returned, he struggled to find his kind again and when play was suspended nearly a year ago since of the coronavirus pandemic, Karatsev was ranked outside the top 250.

“I have actually had a lot of worries over the past couple of years, so I am relieved, overjoyed to be at this stage,” he stated.

“I had a huge knee injury a few years back, so to be here and represent Russia at the ATP Cup last week actually provided me confidence,” included Karatsev, who became simply the 5th qualifier to reach the last 16 of a Slam in 21 years.

He was part of the victorious Russian ATP Cup team recently in addition to Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev who will both remain in third-round action on Saturday.