Tennis News: A week ago, Jiri Lehecka had yet to win a Grand Slam match. From now on, he will participate in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne in the 2023 season.
Hard play from the baseline and fine play in the net area proved too much for sixth seed Felix Auger Aliassime at Margaret Court Arena, where the Czech managed to win 4-6, 6-3 , 7-6, 7-6 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
“To be honest, it’s amazing,” exclaimed Lehecka. “It’s hard for me to find the words, because of what we went through last season and now we’re coming back to Australia. I lost in the first round of that Grand Slam last season, so of course, “If someone had told me before this Grand Slam that I was going to play like this, I wouldn’t have believed it. But I’m very happy to have succeeded.”
The world number 71 lost in the first round of all four Grand Slams last season, but she caused a number of shock losses throughout the opening week of the Australian Open, having also been responsible for the first round losses of 21st seed Borna Coric and second seed Borna. Coric 11th, Cameron Norrie on the 3rd lap.
“Of course all the players I’ve beaten here, they’re all amazing players and I have to play my best game,” added Lehecka. “I have to show all my game to beat them. Coric in the first round, Eubanks in the second, and Norrie, then Auger Aliassime. It sounds crazy, but it’s true and I feel excited and excited to be able to continue this adventure.
Despite losing the opening set to Canadian Auger Aliassime, the Czech didn’t panic as she attempted to claim her first win against a top-10 player on her fifth attempt. She took advantage of her only break at the end of the second set to equalize before dominating the tiebreaker in two halves and finishing the match in 3 hours and 13 minutes.
“I even feel good from the baseline area. I help myself with my serve. I know Felix has a big serve. She knows how to finish points after a big first serve, so I also tried to focus on my first serve and then we both got into rallies that I thought I could beat her,” Lehecka said.
Lehecka must prepare well as he will meet third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who is aiming for a place in the Australian Open semi-finals for the third time in a row. Tsitsipas managed to win their previous meeting with three sets in Rotterdam for the 2022 season.
The Greek nationality passed the real test at the Australian Open when they defeated 15th seed Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.
Thanks to this victory, Tsitsipas increasingly dominated the head to head against the Italian tennis player Sinner with 5-1.
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