In recent days, Russian professionals are exhibiting their best performances in the men’s tennis world. As a result, they claimed their first ATP Cup title earlier this month in Melbourne.
However, now team Russia members Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev made history at Australian Open 2021 as three Russian men have reached a Grand Slam’s quarterfinals for the first time in the Open Era.
Firstly, Aslan Karatsev, who ranked out of hundred, reached the Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in main draw debut. A 27-years-old man from Moscow stunned No.8 seed Diego Schwartzman and No.20 seed Felix Auger Aliassime on the way to the last eight of the Aussie Open.
Secondly, No.4 seed Daniil Medvedev stepped into his second Grand Slam quarterfinal after a straight-set win over American Mackenzie McDonald.
“Of course I’m going to be (cheering) for Andrey, because if he goes through it’s going to be at least one Russian in the semis, maybe two with Aslan (Karatsev) in the other half of the draw,” Daniil Medvedev said after reaching quarterfinal at Melbourne Park.
“It’s Going To Be A Tough Match”: Andrey Rublev on Facing Daniil Medvedev
Thirdly, No.7 seed Andrey Rublev made his fourth Grand Slam quarterfinals at the Australian Open 2021 after No.24 seed Casper Ruud’s walkover while he was two set down.
Having an intention to reach first Grand Slam semifinal, the 23-years-old Russian will now face compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinal on Tuesday.
“At least one of us (Russian players) will be in the semis. At least that’s the good news,” Rublev said in a post-match interview.
World No.8 continued, “But it’s going to be a tough match. I mean, last time he beat me in the quarters in the US Open. Now we’re again in quarters in the Australian Open. So we’ll see what’s going to happen. I hope we can show a great fight and a great level.”
While Rublev never beat his countryman in the three-quarter final meetings, Medvedev leads his Junior in their head-to-head record 3-0. On the other hand, Aslan Karatsev will lock horns with No.18 Seed Grigor Dimitrov for a semifinal spot on Tuesday.