Is a new Russian machine looming? Aslan karatsev, who accessed the Dubai painting by invitation of the organizers, he beat Lloyd Harris 6-3 and 6-2 and became champion. With this title, the 27-year-old tennis player reached a new record: is the third to be crowned since 2009 in an ATP 500 having entered with a Wild Card. In that select list, there is nothing more and nothing less than David Nalbandian.
The first to do so was the Cordoba, in 2010, when he beat Marcos Baghdatis in the Washington final 6-2, 7-6. At that time, Nalbandian became the first player outside of the top 100 ATP rankings to be champion that year.
Then nine years later in 2019, Feliciano López He left tennis players like Juan Martín Del Potro, Milos Raonic and Felix Auger-Aliassime on the way to establish himself at Queen’s Club. The final? Against Frenchman Gilles Simon, it was in three sets 6-2, 6-7 (4) and 7-6 (2).
In this way, the Russian not only achieved that record, but also achieved, so far this year, 15 victories out of 17 games played. Among those triumphs, there is the one that beat Diego Schwartzman, and lost only to Novak Djokovic (Australian semis) and Dominic Thiem (Doha round of 16). Incredible start to the year for the current world No. 42.