“Unbelievable to Watch”: Aslan Karatsev Expresses His Admiration for Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi

Published 03/22/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Russia’s Aslan Karatsev celebrates winning his quarter final match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Before 2021, Aslan Karatsev was under the radar for almost ten years. But now, for the past three months, he has been sharing the spotlight with the top players in the world. Moreover, he also grabbed his maiden ATP title at the Dubai Open 2021.

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Thus, fans are now eager to know more about the 27-year-old Russian, and Karatsev has now spoken about those players he enjoyed watching while he was growing up.

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Karatsev admired Federer, Sampras, and Agassi while growing up

Aslan Karatsev was born in Vladikavkaz, Russia, and moved to Israel when he was three. On returning to his home country as a 16-year-old, he was determined to become a professional tennis player.

While growing up, the Russian admired watching the legends who reigned before the formation of the big three. Although he refrained from calling them idols, Aslan did not hide how much he enjoyed their battles on the court.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in action during his fourth-round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Kelly Defina

He answered, “I wouldn’t say idol, but I always liked to watch Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. At that time when I was growing up, there were fantastic matches between Agassi and Sampras.”

Furthermore, the Australian Open 2021 semifinalist praised the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland. “Roger, when I was seven, he had already started winning,” Karatsev laughed. “It’s unbelievable to watch what he does on the court.”

The Dubai champion revealed that he started to believe in himself when he became Israel’s No. 1. Moving forward, he will be aiming to stay in the big league until he decides to hang his racquet.

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Which tournament will Aslan Karatsev play next?

Aslan will now travel to the Miami Open to bid for his first Masters 1000 title. Also, because of the numerous withdrawals, his chances to create a considerable result are higher.

He has the ATP Cup, the Australian Open semifinal, the Doha doubles title, and the Dubai title to his name. Undoubtedly, the Russian will look forward to making the most out of the absence of top players in Miami. However, it will still not be a cakewalk to win in the Sunshine State.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Russia’s Aslan Karatsev reacts during his fourth-round match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Karatsev has started his second innings immaculately and will be on the lookout in Miami. Do you think Karatsev can pull off a magical run even in Miami?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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