‘Fantastic Tennis Even in This Age’: World No.14 Aslan Karatsev Reveals Admiration for Roger Federer’s Sublime Genius

Published 02/07/2022, 4:08 AM EST
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville

Aslan Karatsev opened up about Roger Federer being the player he admires the most. Talking to a journalist on the sidelines of the ATP 250 TATA Open Maharashtra, the Russian was asked this question.

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Karatsev faced one of his biggest upsets at the ATP 250 TATA Open Maharashtra. The top-seed got a bye in the first round and started his tournament campaign from the second round. However, the Russian was stunned in the second round itself. He was beaten by Sweden’s Elias Ymer.

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“I will go with Roger Federer”

The Russian answered the journalist’s question, “I will go with Roger Federer. Because he showed the fantastic tennis even in this age. I was practicing with him a couple of times. Still, the way how he play, how he feel the ball and how he move is something another level.”

Aslan Karatsev hasn’t faced Roger Federer on the tour yet. However, the two have been seen practicing with each other multiple times, the last being at the Roland Garros 2021. 

Karatsev also spoke about reaching last year’s Australian Open semi-final in the interview, calling it his best moment on the tennis court. 

On being asked to name one of his most epic matches, the world number 14 chose his Serbian Open 2021 semi-final against Novak Djokovic. 

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Aslan Karatsev in 2022

After ending his 2021 season with a first-round loss at the ATP 1000 Masters Paris, Aslan Karatsev kicked off his 2022 season on an opposite note. The 28-year-old started entered the new year with a title win at the ATP 250 Sydney Open. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 17, 2022 Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in action during his first round match against Spain’s Jaume Munar REUTERS/James Gourley

Winning the title at Sydney gave the Russian a confidence boost. He entered the Australian Open 2022 as the 18th seed. Aslan faced difficulty winning the first two rounds but somehow managed to secure a win. However, the 18th seeded player failed to retain his Syndey form, losing in the third round of the Slam.

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Karatsev next entered the Maharashtra Open as the top seed. However, he faced a second-round loss there as well.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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