Grigor Dimitrov vs Aslan Karatsev - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Quarter-Final
Tuesday February 16th, 2021 / 12:00am EST
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A surprising Quarter-Final awaits us at the 2021 Australian Open with 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria facing unseeded Russian Aslan Dimitrov. The two players have been on a "giant-killing" run of late and will be looking to reach the Semi-Final. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday February 16th, 2021 at 12:00am EST. This will be the first meeting between the two players, who will win and advance?
Grigor Dimitrov is currently ranked #23, but has been as high as #3 in the world. He is yet to lose a set here in Melbourne, cruising through the draw with big wins over Marin Cilic and Pablo Carreno-Busta before shocking the tennis world by defeating world number three Dominic Thiem in the Round of 16, for the loss of only eight games. This performance will have made the rest of the field sit up and take note, and Dimitrov is seemingly in title-winning form. He has been serving extremely well, and his groundstrokes are among the tour's best. He also is one of the most experienced players left in the draw and will be extremely confident in advancing to another Australian Open Semi-Final.
If Dimitrov's form has been a surprise, it pales in comparison to that of his opponent, Russian Aslan Karatsev. Ranked #114 in the world, there is no-one in the world that would have expected him to still be here at this stage. He entered the tournament as a Qualifier, and has stunned big names such as Diego Schwartzman and Felix Auger-Aliassime en route to the Quarter-Finals. While he seems like the huge underdog on paper, his form has shown that he is not to be taken lightly and he certainly will be confident entering this match. He is serving extremely well, and if that continues he will be in with a chance here.
While Karatsev has been in career-best form, I believe that his run will end here. Dimitrov is also in great form and is a highly experienced player, capable of beating anyone on his day. I expect both players to win a set, with Dimitrov pulling away and winning a tough match. Grigor Dimitrov to win.