There are few cases of players reaching their peak of performance at a young age. A clear example of this is the Russian Aslan karatsev, who with 27 years lives in the Australian Open his best tennis moment.
After going through the previous phase of the contest, the man who occupies the 114th place in the ATP ranking just reached the round of 16 after beating Diego Schwartzman (8th) and managed to access that instance without giving sets.
Player who spent most of his career between the challenger and future circuits, Karatsev had barely played 13 matches at the ATP level throughout his career with a meager 3-10 record.
Likewise, Karatsev had never made it past the qualifying phase in a Grand Slam tournament; at Roland Garros his best participation was the second qualifying round while at Wimbledon and the US Open he had been on the verge of entering the main draw.
Little did that matter to the European when he measured himself against a player with more experience in this class of events such as Schwartzman. The Russian connected 50 winners in the game and led the game at his own pace.
In all, Karatsev already has 122 winners so far this tournament, with a surprising average of 40 per game. With his victory against Peque, he ensures, at least, being the 85th in the world as of Monday 22, which would be his first breakthrough in the Top 100.
Against this player with total self-confidence, the winner of the match between the Canadians will have to fight Denis Shapovalov (11th) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (20th) in the round of 16. Although of course, they will have much more to lose than a player who has already exceeded their own expectations.