Russian Star Aslan Karatsev has been exhibiting his best tennis skills since the beginning of the 2021 season. As a result, the 27-years-old Moscow resident has now reached another milestone in his career. He claimed his first-ever singles ATP tour-level title at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships 2021.
“I Think The Most Difficult Thing Is To Find The Right Coach”: Aslan Karatsev
Being as a wildcard entrant of the tournament, World No.42 steered past four seeded players along the way to wearing his first singles crown. And he especially ended his compatriot Rublev’s 23 match winning streak before confirming a championship match spot.
After a comfortable straight-sets(6-3, 6-2) victory over a South African qualifier Llyod Harris, Aslan Karatsev opened up the reason for his remarkable recent successful runs.
According to Russian, the mantra for success is finding the right coach and surrounding yourself with good people. Notably, Karatsev could not play for two years due to injury and trauma earlier in his career. Aslan then hired his coach Yahor Yatsyk, who is just one year older than him, from Minsk in 2019.
“It took me almost two years to get back the confidence, the game, and then somehow I met my coach, three years ago in one of the futures that I played in France, I won this tournament, and then we spoke together, and we decided, we said, let’s try to work together. It works fantastic till now. We are doing a good job. We understand each other,” a new champ said in the press conference.
Karastev continued, “I think the most difficult thing is to find the right coach, doesn’t have a big name, so if you find the right coach, the right person next to you, the one you can trust I think is more important. I really like it that I found one.”
Karatsev Steps Into Top 30 For The First Time
Earlier this year, Karatsev made a career breakthrough at the Australian Open, where he managed to attain his first Grand Slam semifinal in his main draw debut.