Qualifier world No. 114 Aslan Karatsev praised rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime after their clash at the Australian Open. Karatsev recovered from two sets down to beat No. 20 seed Auger-Aliassime 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-3 5-4 to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
"It was really tough in the beginning to play with him," Karatsev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. "He's a really good player and he's playing really fast. It took me two sets to find a way how to play."
Karatsev plays next against 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov, who saw off world No. 3 Dominic Thiem in straight sets. "I'll be ready for everyone," Karatsev said, cracking a laugh.
Karatsev feeling a bit tired
Karatsev won three qualifying matches to earn a chance to debut at the Australian Open before he won four main draw matches at Melbourne Park.
"I'm feeling good. Of course, a bit tired. But what could I do?" Karatsev said. "I put everything in this match. I'm happy." Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev spoke extremely positively of Karatsev at Melbourne Park as he's happy to see his fellow compatriot making a deep run at the tournament.
"In Russia he was always one of the best ones," Rublev said of Karatsev. "And I remember he was talented and having nice touch. But then somehow things were not working, and then in the end of last year he won a couple of Challengers in a row beating really great guys, and in St.
Petersburg he beat Sandgren, I was watching the match, and then he had a really tough match against Karen, and already since that time I knew that if he was going to keep going, for sure he will do better results and better results."