Russian star advances to Australian Open semi-finals after US opponent exits – RT Sport News
Karen Khachanov has reached the last four in Melbourne after Sebastian Korda’s quarter-final exit.
Russian Karen Khachanov advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in her career after American opponent Sebastian Korda suffered an injury in the third set in Melbourne on Tuesday.
After winning the first two sets 7-6 (7-5) 6-3, Khachanov took a commanding lead in the quarter-finals and took a 3-0 lead in the third set when Korda was unable to continue due to a problem with his right wrist. The American was forced to retire after receiving medical attention in the second set as Khachanov was well on his way to victory at Rod Laver Arena.
The 18th-ranked Russian reached the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament after appearing at the same stage of the US Open in September. He will next face the winner of Tuesday night’s quarter-final between Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and unseeded Pole Jiri Lehecka.
It was a disappointing end to the Australian Open for the 22-year-old Korda, son of former tournament winner Petr Korda. Korda, seeded 29th in Melbourne, had the best run of his career at a Grand Slam and beat former two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the third round before beating 10th seed Hubert Hurkach of Poland.
Khachanov, 26, will be looking to reach his first Grand Slam final after becoming the 50th man in the open to reach the quarterfinals of each of the four majors on the tennis calendar.
“Back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals, it feels good” Khachanov said on the field after his victory. “Obviously that’s not how you want to end the game. I think it was a very tight, very good battle…
“Sebastian hit my friend Daniil [Medvedev], defeated Hurkach in three sets and five sets. He’s playing good tennis… Honestly, I feel good. I’m very happy with my level, the way I competed and I can’t wait to play in the semi-finals for the first time in Australia.
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Hoping to join Khachanov in the last four is compatriot Andrey Rublev, who is coming off an epic five-set match with Denmark’s Holger Runa on Monday. Fifth-seeded Rublev will face a big challenge from nine-time tournament winner Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded Djokovic demolished hometown hero Alex de Minaur in straight sets on Monday, producing one of his best performances of the year and earlier announcing his intention after a back injury. Tendons in Melbourne.
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