Aslan Karatsev continues stunning run to lift maiden ATP title
Aslan Karatsev continued his remarkable breakthrough season to win the first ATP Tour singles title of his career at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Karatsev, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open as a qualifier earlier this year, dispatched South African Lloyd Harris in 77 minutes 6-3 6-2.
The Russian ripped 27 winners and was particularly dominant on serve, conceding just two break points and winning 83% of his first serve points.
“I am super happy. It was a tight match. I was really nervous,” Karatsev said in an on-court interview.
“I want to congratulate my opponent for the final. He had a great week… I am happy that I won.”
Karatsev, who was 3-10 at tour level following the resumption of the calendar last year, has now compiled an impressive 12-2 record this term, with only Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic able to defeat the Russian.
He said: “You never know when success is coming, I did a good job with my team, with my coach and it has happened now.”
After being a relative unknown before his Australian Open heroics, Aslan Karatsev will now break into the Top 30 for the first time in his career on Monday after being outside of the Top 250 last August.
The 27-year-old has also established his position at No. 5 in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin following his fairytale start to 2021.
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