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Aslan Karatsev
Аслан Карацев
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Karatsev at 2015 Wimbledon Championships
Country  Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Born 4 September 1993 (1993-09-04) (age 28)
Vladikavkaz, Russia
Height 1.85 m
Turned pro 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,613,595
Singles
Career record 27–23 (54% in Grand Slam and ATP Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 22 (9 August 2021)
Current ranking No. 22 (9 August 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2021)
French Open 2R (2021)
Wimbledon 1R (2021)
US Open Q3 (2015)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2021)
Doubles
Career record 7–7 (50% in Grand Slam and ATP Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 222 (15 March 2021)
Current ranking No. 231 (14 June 2021)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2021)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open F (2021)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Silver medal olympic.svg (2020)
Last updated on: 25 June 2021.

Aslan Kazbekovich Karatsev (Russian: Аслан Казбекович Карацев; born 4 September 1993) is a Russian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 24 on 14 June 2021 and world No. 222 in doubles on 15 March 2021.

In February 2021, Karatsev went through qualifiers for the Australian Open. In his first main draw of a Grand Slam, ranked 114th, he defeated 8th seed Diego Schwartzman, 20th seed Félix Auger-Aliassime and 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semifinals. Karatsev is the first man in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut.

In March 2021, he won his first ATP title at the 2021 Qatar Open with Andrey Rublev in doubles. A week later, Karatsev, as a wildcard, won his first ATP singles title at the 2021 Dubai Open, beating South African Lloyd Harris in the final. Karatsev, who was unseeded and beat four seeded players to reach the final, joined Wayne Ferreira (1995) and Thomas Muster (1997) in this achievement. As a result, he entered the top 30 of the ATP singles rankings for the first time in his career. On 24 April 2021, Karatsev defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his home court at the Serbia Open for the biggest win of his career. At the 2020 Summer Olympics, he won the silver medal with Elena Vesnina in mixed doubles.

Early life

US Open Tennis - Qualies - Aslan Karatsev (RUS) def. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) (4) (20888225545)
Karatsev in 2015

Karatsev was born 4 September 1993 in Vladikavkaz. His father Kazbek Karatsev is an ethnic Ossetian and former footballer, and his mother Svetlana Karatseva is a medical doctor. Aslan has an older sister named Zarina. Karatsev's grandfather on his mother's side is Jewish. When he was three years old his parents moved to Israel.

His first coach was Vladimir Rabinovich. When he was 12, he moved back to Russia, with his father, because of funding limitations in Israel. This time he moved to Taganrog where his new coaches were Alexander Kuprin and Ivan Potapov. From 2011 to 2013 he was coached by Andrey Kesarev.

Karatsev fluently speaks Russian, Hebrew and English, and holds dual Russian-Israeli citizenship.

Career

2013–2020

Karatsev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2013 St. Petersburg Open where he received entry to the main draw as a wildcard entrant. In the first round he lost to compatriot and second seed Mikhail Youzhny, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 2–6. In the doubles event, he partnered Dmitry Tursunov where they reached the semifinals, losing to Dominic Inglot and Denis Istomin, 4–6, 7–5, [9–11]. In 2015 he won his first ATP match in the main draw at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, defeating Youzhny.

According to Karatsev's father, his son, at 19, had been mentored by Dmitry Tursunov who traveled him to Halle, Germany to train there for a couple of months but returned due to a lack of money to continue. Then the German academy itself invited Aslan to return to Halle. He had been trained there for two years, then got injured and could not really play for two years because of the trauma. He moved to Barcelona. There he had played at the Bruguera Tennis Academy for less than two years.

After searching for better coaching opportunities in Spain and Germany, in 2019 Karatsev hired his new coach, Yahor Yatsyk from Minsk. Yatsyk, a former professional tennis player one year his senior, used to help Nikoloz Basilashvili as a coach. During the COVID-19 lockdown Karatsev played exhibition matches in the United States.

In 2020 St. Petersburg, Karatsev earned his first top 50 win against Tennys Sandgren.

2021: Australian Open semifinal, First singles & doubles titles, Olympics mixed doubles silver medal

Karatsev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 Australian Open after coming through qualifying by beating Brandon Nakashima, Max Purcell and Alexandre Müller. It was here that he also notched his first top-10 victory, after upsetting 8th seed and world No. 9 Diego Schwartzman, in a rare match between two Jewish players. He also upset 20th seed Félix Auger-Aliassime after dropping the first two sets and coming back to win in 5 to become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Bernard Tomic at Wimbledon 2011, and the first man to reach a quarterfinal in his Grand Slam debut since Alex Rădulescu in 1996 Wimbledon. He then defeated the former No. 3 player Grigor Dimitrov in four sets to reach the semifinals. By doing this, Karatsev became the first qualifier to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since Vladimir Voltchkov in 2000 Wimbledon and the first to do so at the Australian Open since Bob Giltinan in 1977, the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Goran Ivanišević in 2001 Wimbledon, and the first player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal on debut in the Open Era history. There, he lost to world No. 1 and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets. His run at the tournament raised his ranking from World No. 114 to a career-high of World No. 42.

Karatsev's next tournament was Doha, where he beat Mubarak Shannan Zayid in straight sets in the first round, but lost to top seed Dominic Thiem in the second round after taking the first set in a tiebreak. He entered the doubles draw with compatriot Andrey Rublev and reached the semifinals, where they defeated Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. In the final, they defeated Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in straight sets. Winning the tournament raised his doubles ranking from No. 447 to a career-high of No. 222. In Dubai, he beat Egor Gerasimov, Dan Evans and Lorenzo Sonego to reach his first ATP 500 quarterfinal, where he beat Jannik Sinner in three sets to advance to his first ATP 500 semifinal. In the semifinal, Karatsev ended the 23-match winning streak of second seed Andrey Rublev at ATP 500 events to reach his first singles final. In the final, he defeated Lloyd Harris to win his first title. The win allowed Karatsev to break into the top 30 for the first time in his career. He has become the second Russian tennis player to win his maiden title at 27, a record shared with Igor Kunitsyn.

At the Serbia Open, Karatsev avenged his loss at the Australian Open by defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, to advance to the final in the longest match of 2021 thus far. He was then defeated by Matteo Berrettini in three sets.

Karatsev notched two more top 10 wins, beating Schwartzman again in Madrid, and compatriot Daniil Medvedev in Rome.

At the 2021 French Open, Karatsev lost in men's singles to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. However, he partnered with Elena Vesnina in mixed doubles and on his debut in mixed advanced to the final, but the pair lost to Joe Salisbury and Desirae Krawczyk.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he won the silver medal in mixed doubles with Elena Vesnina losing to compatriots Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Current through the 2021 Canadian Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q1 Q2 A A A A SF 0 / 1 5–1
French Open A A Q1 Q3 A A A Q3 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon A Q1 Q2 A A A A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1
US Open A A Q3 Q1 A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–3 0 / 3 6–3
National representation
Davis Cup A A A Z1 A A A NH 0 / 0 0–1
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Miami Open A A A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 1–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A A NH 2R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–5 0 / 6 6–5
Career statistics
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Career
Tournaments 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 14 23
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 24–13 27–23
Win % 0% 0% 50% 0%  –   –   –  40% 65% 54%
Year-end ranking 292 218 195 235 621 485 289 112

Doubles

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A A A A NH A 0 / 0 0–0
US Open A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 0 0–0
Career statistics
Tournaments 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 8
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall Win–Loss 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 8–5 11–9
Year-end ranking 402 441 248 618 728 408 422 55%

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2021 French Open Clay Russia Elena Vesnina United States Desirae Krawczyk
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
6–2, 4–6, [5–10]

Olympic finals

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 Silver medal)

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 2021 2020 Summer Olympics, Tokyo Hard Russia Elena Vesnina Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Russia Andrey Rublev
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [11–13]

ATP career finals

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2021 Dubai Championships, United Arab Emirates 500 Series Hard South Africa Lloyd Harris 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Apr 2021 Serbia Open, Serbia 250 Series Clay Italy Matteo Berrettini 1–6, 6–3, 6–7(0–7)

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–0)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2021 Qatar Open, Qatar 250 Series Hard Russia Andrey Rublev New Zealand Marcus Daniell
Austria Philipp Oswald
7–5, 6–4

Other finals

Universiade medal matches

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Silver 2015 Gwangju Universiade Hard (i) South Korea Chung Hyeon 6–1, 2–6, 0–6

Challenger and Futures/World Tennis Tour Finals

Singles: 21 (13 titles, 8 runners-up)

Legend
ATP Challengers (3–5)
ITF Futures/World Tennis Tour (10–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–4)
Clay (5–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2013 Russia F7, Kazan Futures Clay Ukraine Artem Smirnov 6–4, 6–4
Win 2–0 Jun 2013 Russia F8, Moscow Futures Clay Russia Victor Baluda 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Win 3–0 Jun 2013 Egypt F12, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Karim Hossam 6–4, 7–5
Loss 3–1 May 2014 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Challenger Clay Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 6–7(4–7), 1–6
Loss 3–2 Jul 2014 France F15, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Futures Clay France Martin Vaïsse 3–6, 3–6
Win 4–2 Mar 2015 Kazan, Russia Challenger Hard (i) Russia Konstantin Kravchuk 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 4–3 Mar 2016 Kazan, Russia Challenger Hard (i) Germany Tobias Kamke 4–6, 2–6
Loss 4–4 Jul 2016 Tampere, Finland Challenger Clay Belgium Kimmer Coppejans 4–6, 6–3, 5–7
Win 5–4 Dec 2017 Qatar F5, Doha Futures Hard Germany Benjamin Hassan 6–4, 6–0
Win 6–4 Jan 2018 Egypt F1, Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Belgium Yannick Mertens 6–1, 6–2
Win 7–4 Jan 2018 Egypt F2,Sharm el-Sheikh Futures Hard Ukraine Artem Smirnov 6–3, 6–2
Win 8–4 Jul 2018 France F13, Ajaccio Futures Hard France Remi Boutillier 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–3
Win 9–4 Nov 2018 Tunisia F41, Monastir, Futures Hard Russia Ivan Gakhov 6–4, 6–3
Win 10–4 Dec 2018 Tunisia F42, Monastir Futures Hard France Alexandre Müller 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
Loss 10–5 Dec 2018 Qatar F4, Doha Futures Hard Portugal Gonçalo Oliveira 3–6, 5–7
Loss 10–6 Dec 2018 Qatar F6, Doha Futures Hard Italy Lorenzo Frigerio 6–2, 4–6, 7–5
Win 11–6 Dec 2019 M15, Doha, Qatar World Tennis Tour Hard Georgia (country) Aleksandre Bakshi 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 11–7 Jan 2020 Bangkok, Thailand Challenger Hard Hungary Attila Balázs 6–7(5–7), 6–0, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 11–8 Aug 2020 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Clay Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Win 12–8 Aug 2020 Prague, Czech Republic Challenger Clay Netherlands Tallon Griekspoor 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Win 13–8 Sep 2020 Ostrava, Czech Republic Challenger Clay Germany Oscar Otte 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 8 (4 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend
Challengers (1–2)
Futures (3–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 23 August 2012 Vsevolozhsk, Russia Clay Russia Vitali Reshetnikov Russia Vitaliy Kachanovskiy
Russia Richard Muzaev
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 7 September 2013 Taganrog, Russia Clay Russia Mikhail Vaks Ukraine Ivan Anikanov
Belarus Vladzimir Kruk
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Winner 3. 6 June 2014 Moscow, Russia Clay Russia Richard Muzaev Russia Evgeny Elistratov
Russia Vladimir Polyakov
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 6 September 2014 Brașov, Romania Clay Russia Valery Rudnev Italy Daniele Giorgini
Romania Adrian Ungur
6–4, 6–7(4–7), [1–10]
Winner 5. 11 April 2015 Batman, Turkey Hard Belarus Yaraslav Shyla Croatia Mate Pavić
Australia Michael Venus
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [10–5]
Runner-up 6. 27 July 2015 Scheveningen, Netherlands Clay Russia Andrey Kuznetsov Uruguay Ariel Behar
Brazil Eduardo Dischinger
0–0 retired
Runner-up 7. 16 December 2017 Doha, Qatar Hard Croatia Fran Zvonimir Zgombić Turkey Tuna Altuna
Sweden Markus Eriksson
1–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 13 May 2018 Antalya, Turkey Clay Russia Alexander Boborykin Romania Răzvan Marius Codescu
Romania Dan Alexandru Tomescu
6–4, 6–3

National representation

Davis Cup (0–1)

Group membership
World Group (0–0)
WG Play-off (0–0)
Group I (0–1)
Group II (0–0)
Group III (0–0)
Group IV (0–0)
Matches by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (0–1)
Doubles (0–0)
  • Increase Decrease indicates the outcome of the Davis Cup match followed by the score, date, place of event, the zonal classification and its phase, and the court surface.
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase4–1; 15–17 July 2016; National Tennis Centre, Moscow, Russia; World Group Second round; Hard surface
Defeat 1 V Singles (dead rubber) Netherlands Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop 6–4, 1–6, 4–6

ATP Cup (0–3)

Matches by surface
Hard (0–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (0–0)
Doubles (0–3)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase4–2; 2–3 February 2021; Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia; Group stage; Hard surface
Defeat 1 III Doubles (with Andrey Rublev) Argentina Argentina Máximo González / Horacio Zeballos 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Defeat 2 III Doubles (with Evgeny Donskoy) Japan Japan Ben McLachlan / Yoshihito Nishioka 6–4, 3–6, [10–12]
Increase2–1; 6–7 February 2021; Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia; Knockout stage; Hard surface
Defeat 3 III Doubles (with Evgeny Donskoy) Germany Germany Kevin Krawietz / Jan-Lennard Struff 3–6, 6–7(2–7)

Record against top 10 players

Karatsev's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw matches are considered.

* As of 11 August  2021 (2021 -08-11).

Wins over top 10 players

Karatsev has a 5–4 (55.56%) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.

Season 2013–2020 2021 Total
Wins 0 5 5
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score AK Rank
2021
1. Argentina Diego Schwartzman 9 Australian Open, Australia Hard 3R 6–3, 6–3, 6–3 114
2. Russia Andrey Rublev 8 Dubai Championships, UAE Hard SF 6–2, 4–6, 6–4 42
3. Serbia Novak Djokovic 1 Serbia Open, Serbia Clay SF 7–5, 4–6, 6–4 28
4. Argentina Diego Schwartzman 9 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 2R 2–6, 6–4, 6–1 27
5. Russia Daniil Medvedev 2 Italian Open, Italy Clay 2R 6–4, 6–2 27
* As of 12 May  2021 (2021 -05-12).

Awards

2011
  • The Russian Cup in the nomination Junior of the Year
2021
  • Merited Master of Sport of Russia
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