Dubai Tennis: Wildcard Karatsev overcomes Italian teenager Sinner

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on March 18, 2021
Aslan Karatsev hits a forehand return during his match on Thursday. (Supplied photo)

The world No.42 beat Sinner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2

Russian wildcard Aslan Karatsev overcame Italian teenager Jannik Sinner to punch his ticket to the semifinals of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday night.

The world No.42, who had lost to world No.1 Serbian Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Australian Open earlier this year, worked off a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 19-year-old 16th seed, in the quarterfinal match-up that lasted two hours and 29 minutes on Centre Court at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre.

The 27-year-old, who had knocked out last year’s semifinalist 12th seeded Briton Daniel Evans in the second round and Italian 17th seed Lorenzo Sonego in the third round, will go up against either compatriot and second Andrey Rublev or the unseeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the semifinals.

Karatsev, who had gone down to world No.4 Dominic Thiem of Austria in the Qatar Open last week, was one of the four wildcards in Dubai apart from Tunisian Malek Jaziri, Australian Alexei Popyrin, a former ball boy at the event, and Austria’s Dennis Novak.

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