Sebastian Korda retires from the Australian Open, sending Karen Khachanov to the semifinals.

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20 in the world At the Australian Open, Karen Khachanov will play in his second consecutive major semifinal. After an hour and 50 minutes, Karen had a 7-6, 6-3, 3-0 lead over Sebastian Korda before the young American retired with a right wrist injury.

Due to an injury, Korda was unable to compete until the very end, which was the worst way to cap his stellar Melbourne Park season. Khachanov served the winning first serve while delivering 12 aces. The Russian made 18 unforced errors and 27 wins while profiting from the opponent’s 40 unforced errors.

With only one break and four service errors out of ten opportunities given to his competitor, Korda only managed to stay competitive in the first set. Khachanov played well and hoped for more against Jiri Lehecka or Stefanos Tsitsipas as he built the advantage in the close-quarters and mid-range exchanges.

The Russian got off to a strong start and quickly built a 5-2 lead.

The first Australian Open semifinalist is Karen Khachanov.

In the second game of the match, the American blasted a forehand fault and fell behind.

On the return, Korda was unable to make much of an impact, and in just 22 minutes, Khachanov had won the seventh game with a score of 5-2. In game nine, when serving the set, the Russian was broken at number 15 to keep the opponent in the match. In the last games, both players provided strong service to establish a tie break, and Karen increased his lead to 6-3 with three mini-breaks.

Before his opponent won the third set 7-6 in 50 minutes with a backhand down the line winner, Sebastian saved two set points to close the gap. Early in the second set, Korda labored behind the opening shot while holding her composure and defending break points.

After the fifth game, he needed a medical timeout for his right wrist. He then blew a 40-0 advantage at 3-3, leading to a costly break due to a careless backhand. In the following one, Khachanov turned away break points to secure the lead and establish a 5-3 margin.

In the ninth game, Karen hit a forehand crosscourt winner to earn his second straight break and establish a two sets to love lead. Korda struggled more and more with an injury, scoring just one point in the third set. He lost his love at a score of 0-1 and gave up after the third game, allowing the adversary to advance.