Aslan Karatsev (114th) continues to make history in Melbourne. The Russian now reached the semifinals by beating Grigor dimitrov (19th) by 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2.
In this way, he made history by becoming the first player in the Open Era to get into the last four of a Grand Slam in his debut, taking advantage of the fact that the Bulgarian was not 100% off his back.
Also, since Goran Ivanisevic (No. 125) at Wimbledon 2001, a player with such a low ranking has not gotten into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam. In this way, at the age of 27, he made sure to climb to 42nd in the world ranking, in what will be his first entry into the Top 100 in his career.
In addition, he is only the fifth tennis player in the Open Era to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since qualifying after John McEnroe (Wimbledon 1977), Bob Giltinan (Australia 1977), Filip Dewulf (Roland Garros 1997) and Vladimir Voltchlkov ( Wimbledon 2000), although all of them, of course, had already played in big tournaments.
Prior to this tournament, the Russian had a 3-10 ATP record and in just one week he is 5-0 after defeating three Top 20. In addition, in March 2020, it ranked 263rd and, thanks to Challengers in 2020, it managed to get closer to the top 100.