8th Seed Diego Schwartzman Upset by Qualifier Aslan Karatsev in Straight Sets at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/12/2021, 3:01 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in action during his third round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No. 9 Diego Schwartzman took on the qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the 3rd round of the Australian Open. It was their first-ever meeting, and it was the underdog that caused an impact in the match, showing no signs of nervousness. The Russian player beat his Argentine opponent 6-3 6-3 6-3.

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The match began with the Russian serving, who held his opening service game firmly. In the first game, Diego served, Karatsev broke him and took control of the opening set.

During the initial stages, Aslan served brilliantly and hit 13 winners past his opponent as compared to Diego’s one. The Russian player’s speed of service was superior to the Argentine’s and sealed the set 6-3.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in action during his third round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Aslan Karatsev breaks Diego Schwartzman in the 5th game of the 2nd set

Schwartzman began serving in the 2nd set. He held his opening service game but was broken to love in the 5th game of the set.

Karatsev handed him a double blow when he sealed the 2nd set, handing Diego the 2nd break of the set. Similar to the previous set, the Russian hit blew 20 winners past Schwartzman and took the set 6-3. 

The Russian began serving in set 3 and was broken in the 1st game. Diego sensed an opportunity to come back into the match.

However, the Russian had other plans and won the next 3 games in a row, breaking Schwartzman twice. In the 7th game of the set, Diego fought hard to break Karatsev, but the Russian found a way to hold his serve. Aslan won the set 6-3.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Russia’s Aslan Karatsev reacts during his third round match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Loren Elliott

In the previous round, Schwartzman French tennis player Alexandre Muller in straight sets and the Russian qualifier beat Belarusian tennis player Egor Gerasimov, handing him just 1 game during the entire match. 

The Russian will play the winner of the match between Canadian duo, Denis Shapovalov, and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the 4th round. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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