The fantastic year continues for Aslan Karatsev, who won the first title of his career at the Dubai 500, reached 15 wins in 17 fights in 2021 and secured his first entry into the Top 30 of the world rankings!
Aslan Karatsev dominated today’s Dubai Tennis Championships final to overcome Lloyd Harris 6-3, 6-2 and combine with victory to make his first appearance in an ATP event final.
The 27-year-old Russian hit 27 winners, erased all 2 break points he faced and converted 3 out of 8 break opportunities to win relatively comfortably after 75 minutes of play.
“I’m very happy. It was a close match and I was quite nervous. I want to congratulate my opponent for making it to the final. He had a great week. I’m happy to win,” Karatsev said at the trophy presentation.
Karatsev was the big revelation of this year’s Australian Open, as he started his quest in the qualifying round of the Australian Grand Slam and made it to the semifinals, where he was beaten by nine-time champion, Novak Djokovic.
That run was no fluke, as it turned out, as he has since suffered only one loss, to world No.4 Dominic Thiem in Doha. With today’s win, he reached 15 wins in 17 matches in 2021 (15-2), while in tour-level matches (main draw) he has a record of 12-2 this year. In about 10 years of her professional career before the Australian Open, she had just 3 other tour-level wins!
He started the year outside the Top 100, left Australia at No.42 in the world and with his first career title he is expected to make another big rise, as on Monday he will enter the Top 30 and Top 40 of the world rankings for the first time, specifically moving up to No.27.
A new career high will also be set by 24-year-old Harris, who this week began his quest from qualifying and became the first qualifier in the history of the event to reach the final. The South African will earn 29 spots and climb to No. 52 in the world.