'It’s unbelievable to watch what Roger Federer...', says ATP star

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'It’s unbelievable to watch what Roger Federer...', says ATP star

His is the most beautiful and incredible story of this 2021. At the return of post-pandemic tennis he was over 240 position in the standings and now on Monday he will enter the top 30 in the world. Aslan Karatsev continues to surprise and after the semifinal at the Australian Open he also gets his first career title, the victory in the ATP 500 in Dubai.

To achieve this success, the 28-year-old Russian beat several strong opponents, first of all Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals and above all his compatriot Andrey Rublev in the semi-final of the tournament. At the end of Dubai, the Russian appeared quite paid (as the character usually shows) and spoke at the press conference.

Aslan Karatsev's press conference Here are the statements of the Russian tennis player at the conference: "I started really nervous but I am really happy with this match. I would also like to congratulate my rival who had a great week and who made it to the final of the tournament.

Each meeting is different, it has been a tough week and I have received different sensations. In general I am very happy to have won my first title, I am grateful to both my friends and my family who support me on a daily basis.

What has changed in this 2021? In these years I have worked a lot with my team and my coach, but you never know when things like this are coming. The semi-finals at the Australian Open were an incredible achievement, but I worked hard to keep the same focus as that tournament.

In Doha I lost to Thiem in the second round and then I got the wildcard to play here, it was great to win the tournament. The semifinal with Rublev? I still have to talk to him (laughs), it's always hard to challenge a tennis player like him, who especially on the fast and in these conditions moves very well."

Aslan Karatsev recently revealed that he enjoyed watching Roger Federer play during his childhood days. And in addition to Federer, Karatsev also closely followed the matches between American legends Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

Karatsev on his passion for Roger Federer

"I always liked to watch Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi," Aslan Karatsev said. "At that time when I was growing up, there were fantastic matches between Agassi and Sampras.

And Roger, when I was seven he had already started winning [laughs]. It’s unbelievable to watch what he does on the court." The 39-year-old is also a die-hard fan of Swiss football side FC Basel, whose matches he often follows or attends in person.

It turns out that Aslan Karatsev had a similar affection towards the sport during his younger days. The Russian claimed that he would have pursued football if he hadn't opted for tennis. "I think if I wasn’t a tennis player, I would be a football player," Karatsev said. "I have liked to play football since I was a kid, so I would say football."